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Annual Report 

Fiscal Year 200 

July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006 

Community Profile & Map 

Quick Facts 

Incorporated May 1655 

Type of Government Board of Selectmen 

Town Manager 
Representative Town Meeting 

County Middlesex 

land Area 22.54 Square Miles 

Public Road Miles 186.99 

Population 2005 Town Census 33,833 

Median Family Income (2005) $82,676 

TAX RATE FY2006 $13.12 (Residential & Commercial) 

Median Home Value FY2006 $357,329 

Median Tax Bill FY2006 $4,688 

Operating Budget FY2006 $89,006,303 


Chelmsford, Massachusetts 

Courtesy of Town Guide & Directory, Co. 


Table of Contents 


board of selectmen 2 

Town Manager's Office 3 

Finance Department 6 

Town Clerk & Registrars 8 


Planning Board 1 O 

Conservation Commission 1 1 

Community Preservation Committee 1 2 

Board of Appeals 1 2 


Chelmsford Public Schools 1 3 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School 1 4 


Police Department 1 5 

Fire Department 1 8 

Building Department 20 


Engineering 21 

Highway Division 22 

Sewer Division 22 

Public Buildings 22 

Parks Division 23 

Public Facilities department 23 

Recycling & Solid Waste 24 

Sewer Commission 26 

Cemetery Commission 26 


Council on Aging/Senior Center 27 

Recreation 28 

Veterans' Services 28 

Chelmsford Housing Authority 29 

Library 30 

Health Department 3 1 


Arts & Technology Education Fund 32 

Historical Commission 33 

Historic Board Commission 33 

Celebrations Committee 34 

Charter Review Committee 35 

Finance Committee 35 








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The 350th Anniversary Quilt was designed by Barbara 
Mackey, a member of the 350th Anniversary History 
Committee. Ms. Mackey solicited help from the All Saints ' 
Quilters, Chelmsford Quilt Guild, alumnae from Chelmsford 
High, and internationally know quilter Sally Palmer Field 
who was instrumental with the Bicentennial Quilt. Monthly 
meetings were held and the thirteen quilters dubbed them- 
selves the "Then and Now Quilters. " Members included: 
Estelle Abely, Cindy Brown, Cheryl Callahan, Carol Cannis- 
traro, Pat Casadone, Esther Davenport, Sally Palmer Field, 
Janet Lajoie, Barbara Kimball Mackey, Terry Mills, 
Madeleine Pattershall, Judy Putnam and Barbara Willman. 

The quilt portrays buildings in North, South, East and 
West Chelmsford, as well as four buildings from the Center, 
the Town logo, and the anniversary pitcher logo. Using new 
technology, photographs were printed on fabric and then 
framed in two fabric colors. After that, hand-quilting was 
done all over the design, using a feather pattern and another 
design taken from the hilt of a Roby Sword. The quilt was 
unveiled on December 2, 2005. 

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Selectmen Every other Monday 

Town Offices - 7:00 pm 

School Committee Every other Tuesday 

Parker School- 7:30 PM 

Planning Board 2nd & 4th Wednesday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Board of Appeals 2nd & 4th Thursday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Conservation Comm 1 st & 3rd Tuesday 

Town Offices - 7:30 PM 

Board of Health 1 st Monday 

Town Offices - 7:00 PM 

Housing Authority 1st Tuesday 

1 Wilson Street - 7:00 PM 

Schedules are subject to change. To confirm all meetings, 

please call the Town Clerk's Office at 978-250-5205 or visit 

the Town 's Official Website at www, 

FY 2006 Annual Report 


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Michael F. McCall 

Dear Chelmsford Residents: 

Fiscal year 2006 brought a close to the Town of 
Chelmsford's 350 th Anniversary celebration. The 350 th events, 
which included the Town's largest 4 th of July Parade, the 
December 30 th wrap-up event and this past summer's unveiling 
of the sundial on the Town Common, were well attended and 
enjoyed by all. I thank everyone who helped make these 
events possible and so successful. 

The past fiscal year was also an active and productive 
period for the Town of Chelmsford. I would like to take this 
opportunity to highlight some notable accomplishments and 
update you on some of the activities of the Board of Selectmen. 

The Town watched as the $31 million school renovation 
project got underway. The addition of the new auditorium to 
the High School began to take shape, and improvements were 
noticeable on the McCarthy and Parker Middle Schools. 

Also, the renovations to the old police station were 
completed, allowing the school administration to relocate its 
offices from the High School. Overall, the school renovation 
project continues to be on schedule and under budget. 

Last year, we welcomed the reelection of Philip Eliopoulos 
and William Dalton to the Board of Selectmen. Soon after the 
close of Fiscal Year 2006, we said goodbye to our long time 
Town Manager, Bernie Lynch. On behalf of the entire Board 
of Selectmen and the Citizens of Chelmsford, I want to thank 
Bernie for his many years of service and contribution to the 
Town. We wish him well in his future endeavors. I appreciate 
our Finance Director, Kerry Speidel and her willingness to 
serve as the Acting Town Manager. 

The Town's financial position remains sound, despite our 
narrowing reserves and cash flow, allowing the Town to 
maintain its bond rating. However, the Town continues to 
experience the effects of reduced local revenue and reductions 
in state aid, and like many other communities, we have had to 
find ways to reduce spending in order to stay within budget. 
Last year, we witnessed the Selectmen, School Committee and 
Finance Committee work together in an unprecedented manner 
to examine cost-saving measures and alternative ways to 
increase revenue. 

Chelmsford Board of Selectmen (April 2006 election) from Left to Right: 
Vice Chairman Samuel P. Chase; Philip M. Eliopoulos; Chairman Michael 
F. McCall; Thomas A. Newcomb; and Clerk William F. Dalton. 

We continue to be vigilant in order to reduce projected 
budget shortfalls in the future fiscal years, and search for other 
ways to reduce costs without jeopardizing essential services. 
The Selectmen are confident that such measures will ensure our 
fiscal strength into the future. 

Finally, the Selectmen are committed to ensuring that the 
Town of Chelmsford is well represented on Beacon Hill. The 
Selectmen have been actively involved with our State Senator, 
our Legislative Delegation in the House of Representatives, 
and the Governor's Office on a variety of matters affecting the 
Town. The Selectmen have actively lobbied for changes to 
Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 40B and Ch. 70. Specifically, 
the Selectmen joined forces with the Initiative for Local Aid, 
other Town Officials and residents to bring attention to the 
inadequacy of the current Ch. 70 funding formula through 
rallies and testimony before the Legislature. The Selectmen 
will continue to petition our representatives in the Legislature 
and the Governor's Office on the Town's behalf. 

In closing, I look forward to working with our future Town 
Manager, Paul Cohen, and I want to express my thanks to our 
former Town Manager, Bernie Lynch, the Acting Town 
Manager, Kerry Speidel, and all of our employees who serve 
the public every day with professionalism and dedication. 
Also, I want to thank the many residents who donate their time 
and expertise to the Town by serving on boards, committees, 
and special events. 


Michael F. McCall, Chairman 

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Town Administration 

Bernard F. Lynch 
Town Manager 

It is with mixed emotions that I have prepared and here- 
with submit this Annual Report for the year that began on July 
1, 2005 and ended on June 30, 2006. This will be my final An- 
nual Report after nearly twenty years as the Chief Administra- 
tive officer of the Town of Chelmsford including almost seven- 
teen as the Town's first Town Manager in which I also served 
as Chief Executive Officer. At the end of July 2006, I will be 
leaving Chelmsford to assume the position of City Manager of 
neighboring Lowell. 

With this change on the horizon I find myself reviewing 
the past year within the larger context of the past two decades 
in which I have worked for the Town. I look upon all that has 
been accomplished during this period and see the very clear 
challenges that face the Town in the near future. 

During FY06 we moved forward with the major compo- 
nents of the $31 million secondary school project which 
includes new libraries at the McCarthy and Parker middle 
schools, an enlarged and rebuilt science wing at the high school 
as well as the construction of an auditorium. This latter element 
is long overdue for the students of the high school which has 
operated for over thirty years without such a vital facility. 

The overall project also includes electrical, HVAC and 
plumbing upgrades, various classroom and cosmetic 
improvements, new roofs at the McCarthy and Chelmsford 
High School and new windows at the McCarthy. 

This project continues the progress made over the last 20 
years in addressing various facility and infrastructure needs 
that went unaddressed after the development that occurred 
during the 1960's. During this period we embarked upon an 
effort to provide public sewer service to the entire community 
and build miles of sidewalks on major roadways. We invested 
heavily in rebuilding roads in a planned pavement management 
program and addressed dozens of drainage issues after creating 
a comprehensive plan that was holistic in its approach. We 
rebuilt numerous intersections and installed signalization for 
improved safety and traffic flow including Chelmsford Center, 
Vinal Square, and the Route 110 and 129 corridors. We reno- 
vated and upgraded all of the elementary schools built during 
the 60's boom through a careful targeting of capital funds 
including an expansion and rebuild of the Center School. We 
also built a Senior Center, Library and Police Station; and 
acquired over 200 acres of open space, rebuilt and improved 
several recreation areas, and purchased and began operating the 
Chelmsford Country Club and the Chelmsford Forum. 

We made great progress over these years however; projects 
remain on the horizon including signalization on North Road 
which should begin in late 2006, the long overdue bike path 
which is scheduled for early 2007, and the depression of 
utilities in Chelmsford Center which should also begin in the 
summer of 2007 assuming all easements are in place. The 
Town also needs to address the facility needs of the consoli- 
dated DPW and the fire department as the Center Station is 
essentially obsolete and there is a need for rethinking the use of 
five stations within the Town. Finally, the Town will have 
issues with sewer capacity as the full build-out was never 
anticipated in the original inter-municipal agreement. 

In March of 2006 the Town experienced the retirement of 
two long term employees that served as department heads, 
Elder Services Director Marty Walsh and Police Chief Ray 
McCusker. Marty was replaced by Diana Ryder who had 
served a number of years as Natick's Elder Services Director 
while Ray was replaced by Jim Murphy who had risen through 
the ranks of the Chelmsford Police to Deputy Chief before 
assuming the top slot. Both of these individuals are extremely 
professional and will continue the culture of professionalism 
that has been a central tenet of the Town government since the 
adoption of the charter in 1989. 


FY 2006 Annual Report 

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Town Administration 


I am extremely pleased to have been involved in the 
restructuring and staffing of the Chelmsford government as the 
first Town Manager. The individuals that have been hired or 
promoted are of the highest caliber in providing efficient and 
effective local services in an open and accessible manner for 
the citizens of the Town. The structure of the government has 
also been designed to achieve these goals through a team 
structure that includes consolidated departments of Public 
Works, Finance, Community Development & Public Facilities. 

Like the past several years the central focus of FY06 was 
finances as the Town experienced another difficult year of 
growing expenditure demands and limited revenue growth. 
Early projections of a $4 million budget problem for FY07 
were addressed through holding the line on operational budget 
increases, lower than anticipated employee health insurance 
increases and better than initially expected state aid. 

In large part the Town's fiscal issues have been addressed 
over the past several years through financial planning and 
careful use of reserves. The presence of such reserves as well 
as the financial policies and management systems that enable 

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the planning have occurred over the past dozen years as the 
focus moved away from crisis management to proactive 
strategy. The build up of reserves and its planned utilization, 
the development of an award winning budget document, and a 
carefully managed capital plan are evidence of improved 
financial stability which has been recognized through a bond 
rating upgrade and subsequent retention. 

However, the Town's forecasting and monitoring of trends 
shows that problems do exist on the horizon that need to be 
addressed. There is a growing inability to maintain key services 
with existing revenues and reserves are being drawn down 
faster than desired without moves to rebuild. The state's 
education aid formula remains inadequate and inequitable. The 
Town must continue to lobby and argue for a greater and fairer 
distribution of local aid from the Commonwealth. 

Employee benefits are a growing problem particularly as 
they relate to employees which will become well documented 
as the Town complies with GASB 45 requirements to cost out 
post-employment benefits. The Town will need to control these 
costs through increasing the use of Medicare through adoption 
of Section 18 of MGL 32B, and working with the unions on 
increasing employee co-pays. The Town will also need to 
begin setting aside reserves for retiree health benefits. 

To address the balance of revenues and expenditures the 
Town needs to move on greater efficiencies within the 
government including schools in such areas as technology and 
central office functions. In addition, the Town should once 
again explore the efficiencies that could be realized with water 
as a Town operation as opposed to three separate independent 
districts. In billing and collections alone there are several 
hundred thousand dollars of savings for taxpayers and users. 
Other areas should also be explored before asking the voters to 
increase local taxation via a Proposition 2 Vi override. An 
alternative to a general override is an exemption of the debt of 
several of the facility projects that were funded within the 
budget but before the 2002 decrease in state aid. The advantage 
of this approach is its temporary nature. 

Finally, the Town needs to be vigilant in maintaining and 
rebuilding its financial reserves. Efforts to rebuild it in FY06 
through the sale of Town assets were rebuffed by Town 
Meeting. These decisions should be revisited as well as adding 
other under-utilized properties such as the Wilson Street 
Softball field which is inadequate for its current use and more 
valuable to a private party. These decisions are not easy but 
conditions require implementing difficult actions. 



FY 2006 Annual Report 

Town Administration 


It was an eventful year in which many of the described 
issues were reviewed and addressed. As a result there were 
often high tensions and disagreements. However, these 
differences of opinion only served as evidence of the variety of 
interests in the Town but also the commitment of so many to 
the Town. The sense of community that is Chelmsford's 
hallmark was on full display as the final six months of the 350 
Anniversary occurred during July-December. The variety of 
cultural and celebratory events that were so successful and well 
attended was confirmation of the Town's common interests. 
I was very pleased to have worked with so many great people 
in making the anniversary celebration such a success. I was 
also very proud to represent Chelmsford, USA to Chelmsford, 
UK in March of 2006 as a reciprocal invitation of the Mayor. 
The relationship of friendship with the original Chelmsford 
should be fostered particularly as we see the ever increasing 
globalization that requires us to be more cognizant of the 
shrinking world. 

I look back on the past twelve months as a demanding but 
gratifying period of time. I similarly look at my two-plus 
decades in Chelmsford as a period of challenges and rewards. 
In the end, I've seen a wonderful Town become more so as 
problems have been solved and the community invested in 
itself. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have 
served Chelmsford in the capacity of Town Manager. 

As always, I want to thank the members of the current 
Board of Selectmen including Sam Chase, Bill Dalton, Philip 
Eliopoulos, Michael McCall, and Thomas Newcomb, as well as 
all of the Selectmen with whom I have served. Their support 
and direction was crucial to me over the years. I also want to 
recognize and thank the current and former Department 
managers and town employees for their dedication and efforts 
over the past twenty years. Clearly, their efforts were the key to 
so many successes that were achieved through the years. 
In particular, I want to thank the staff of the Executive Office, 
which has included Marian Currier, Kellie Hebert, Mike 
Luciano, Donna Mcintosh, and Jeanne Parziale, as well as all 
those who served in the office through the years. The day to 
day efforts of all of these individuals made my tasks easier. 

Finally, and in closing, let me thank all of the citizens of 
Chelmsford for the opportunity to have worked on your behalf 
as your Town Manager. I wish the Town of Chelmsford and 
each of its residents a prosperous future. 

Bernard F. Lynch 
Town Manager 

Bernard F. Lynch (To 8/ 1 /06) 

KERRY A. SPEIDEL, ACTING (8/ 1-11 /26/06) 

Paul E. Cohen (Appointed 1 1 /27/06) 


Elizabeth L. Delaney 





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Sheryl L. Wright 



Francis T. Reen 

John J. Duffett 

Kevin S. Sullivan 



Anthony F. Zagzoug 




James E. Pearson 



James F. Murphy 


John E. Parow 


jon h. kurland, chairman 

David Turocy, Vice Chairman 

John C. Thibault 

Dwight M. Hayward 

Mary E. Frantz 

William D. Fulton 

Derek Donegan 

Clare L. Jeannotte 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

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Town Administration 

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kerry a. speidel 
Finance Director 

The town's financial position has weakened following five 
consecutive years of operating deficits and a drawdown of 
reserves in fiscal 2005. Fund balance levels, however, remain 
barely adequate. The town closed fiscal 2005 with a $1.2 
million operating deficit, net of transfers. Reserves were also 
reduced: unreserved general fund balance was reduced to $1.9 
million, or 2% of the roughly $93 million operating budget. 
The town's stabilization fund, which is separate from the 
general fond and can be used for any municipal purpose, was 
reduced to $3.8 million, or 4% of expenditures. Total available 
reserves were about 6% of budget, which is low in comparison 
to historical trends, and is nearly half of fiscal 2003 reserve 
levels. The continued use of reserves over this period has been 
necessary to mitigate budget pressure caused by rising fixed 
costs, coupled with operations is in response to a school state 
aid decline of nearly $4 million in fiscal 2004, as well as 
double-digit growth in employee health and pension benefits 
that now account for about 1 3% of the general fond budget. 
State aid, which typically accounts for about 24% of total 
revenues, is still below the levels the town received in fiscals 
2001 and 2002. 

Due to employment opportunities in and outside the town, 
unemployment has been historically below commonwealth and 
national levels; the town's 2005 unemployment rate is 3.9%, 
while the commonwealth and national rates were 4.7% and 
5.2% respectively. Despite the town being nearly built out, 
Chelmsford's property tax base has experienced steady growth. 
Assessed valuation (AV) has been experiencing strong growth; 
AV grew by an average of 10% annually since 2002 to more 
than $4.8 billion in fiscal 2006, which brought AV to a very 
high $142,01 1 per capita. The property tax base is diverse. The 
10 leading taxpayers account for just 4.1% of total AV. Wealth 
and income levels are high. Median household effective 
buying income is at 139% of the commonwealth's average and 
174% of the nation's average. 

The town's debt profile is moderate. The overall debt 
burden is a moderate $3,495 per capital but a low 2.5% of 
market value. Debt service expenditures are manageable, and 
they accounted for 12% of total expenditures in fiscal 2005. 
Amortization of existing debt is rapid with 69% of principal 
being retired over 10 years. The town is rated AA, with a 
"negative outlook" by Standard & Poor's (municipal bond 
rating agency.) 

The negative outlook was assigned in December 2005 
based upon the town's draw down of reserves, which have 
reduced revenue flexibility. By assigning a negative outlook, 
the credit rating agency has officially put the town on notice 
that if reserve levels are not built back up in the near future, the 
overall credit rating will be reduced, resulting in increased 
borrowing costs. 

The town has continued to maintain its solid financial 
position, despite the tough economic times it has faced. 
A solid financial position is the result of preparation and 
adherence to a five-year financial forecast and strategic plan. 
These plans address operating costs, debt, facility needs and 
financial reserves. 

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The Assessors Department would like to take this 
opportunity to welcome to the Board of Assessor two new 
members, Jack Duffett and Kevin Sullivan both Chelmsford 
residents. Jack is a CPA and former member of the 
Classification Committee and Kevin is an attorney with an 
office here in Chelmsford. They both have brought a fresh 
perspective and enthusiasm to the positions while also being 
able to draw from their professional experiences. 

The Board is responsible for the foil and fair market 
valuation of the approximate 13,900 real and personal property 
parcels within the community as of January 1 st of the fiscal 
year. Valuations on single family homes increased 10% to 
14% while condominiums rose slightly higher. It is the policy 
of the Assessors to annually review the valuations maintain 
accurate and current assessments. The tax rate for the fiscal 
year decreased to $13.12 from the previous year of $13.49. 

The Department is responsible for the administration and 
abatement of the approximate 30,000 excise bills that are 
issued through several commitments annually by the RMV. 
In addition approximately five hundred applications for 
personal exemptions are submitted and processed to the 
Assessor's office. 

The Board wishes to take this opportunity to thank the staff 
of the Assessor's office for all their hard work and dedication 
through the year. In particular, the Board of Assessors wishes 
to thank Elaine Myers, Elaine retired last year but came back to 
lend assistance. Thanks go to Nancy Maher, Elaine McBride, 
and Kathryn Bianchi, all of whom are invaluable. 

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Town Administration 

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The Accounting Division is responsible for record keeping 
of all financial transactions of the Town; processing of all bills, 
warrants, receipts, payroll and ledgers; and supplies depart- 
ments with financial reports and payroll information. The 
Accounting Division ensures the Town is in compliance with 
Generally Accepted Accounting Principals, Federal and State 
laws, and Town Meeting authorizations. 

This annual audit requirement was completed in June 2006 
for the Fiscal Year 2005 by R. E. Brown & Company, P. C. of 
Mendon, Massachusetts. 

Presented here from the annual audit is the Balance Sheet 
for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2005. For a complete 
explanation of the Town's fund structure and how it differs 
from the "budgetary basis" presented above, readers may refer 
to Appendix C of the annual budget document. 

In accordance with Section 6-7 of the Town Charter, the 
Board of Selectmen annually designates an independent public 
accountant or firm of accountants to audit the books and ac- 
counts of the town as allowed by Massachusetts General Laws. 

In the coming year, the Finance Department will continue 
to promote the highest degree of public credibility and 
confidence in its operations by fostering fiscal accountability, 
efficiency, and integrity in all aspects of operations. 


Governmental Funds Balance Sheet as of June 30, 


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Govt Funds 


$ 35,402 




$ 5,937,838 


$ 1290,793 

$ 14,795,027 






































































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$ 10.261,096 $ 

7,530,994 $ 213,725 

$ 11419,822 

$ 3,812,637 

$ 9.750,231 

$ 42,988,505 

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$ 957,992 



$ 60,966 



$ 843,933 

$ 2,624,402 






























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7,530,994 $ 213,725 $11,419,822 

$ 3,812,637 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

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Town Administration 

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Elizabeth L. Delaney 
Town Clerk 

I thank my assistant, Raymonde Legrand and other staff 
members Bernadette Gilet, Mary Jane Comeau, for assisting 
this office through out the year. Also, all the election, census 
workers and the personnel of the DPW, Police and School for 
enabling the election process to run smoothly. There was only 
one election and it was held April 3, 2005 in which 3,640 
voters participated. 

The Annual Town Meeting began on April 25, 2005 and 
ran for two nights ending on April 28*. There was also a 
Special Town Meeting held within the annual on April 25 . 

The Annual Town Meeting of October 17 was one 
session. Due to limited space and printing cost, copies of the 
minutes from any of these meetings and the election results are 
available in the Town Clerk's Office or by calling 978-250- 
5205 or emailing us at: edelaney(a> . 

Vital Statistics FY '06 

Births , ,.354 

Deaths 315 

Marriages 148 

Intentions 152 

Sporting Licenses 456 

Dog Licenses 3, 1 59 

Kennel Licenses 5 

Population 33,833 


Judith A. Olsson, Chairman 

Matthew G. Dulchinos 

Shaun F. Saber 

Elizabeth l. delaney. Ex Officio 

Voting Strength as of December 31, 2005 Enrolled Voters 

























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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Community Development 


Andrew J. Sheehan , IACP 
Community Development Director 

Fiscal Year 2006 was a busy year in the Community 
Development Department. The three-person Department staffs 
the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board 
of Appeals, and Community Preservation Committee, as well 
as several temporary committees. The Department is also 
responsible for managing community and economic 
development projects, grant administration, coordinating 
improvements to conservation lands, and interfacing with 
residents, developers, and other municipal staff. 

The Department continued to develop the Town's 
Geographic Information System (GIS). Working with a 
consultant, the Department is developing data layers for the 
GIS. These data layers comprise the graphical features of the 
GIS. Data include zoning, wetlands, floodplains, and aquifer 
protection areas. The photogrammetry layers show all the 
physical features in Town, including roads, sidewalks, utility 
poles, manhole covers, catch basins, waterways, buildings, and 
parking lots, as well as topography. The Town's GIS manager 
is Trillium Levine, who is also the Conservation Agent and 
Board of Appeals Administrator. 

The Department provides project management for the 
Central Square Utility Conversion Project, in which all over- 
head utilities will be placed underground. This project was 
initiated in 1999 with the passage of a bylaw by Town 
Meeting. The Department works with the utility companies 
(Massachusetts Electric, Verizon, and Comcast) to coordinate 
the preparation of the construction plans, acquire easements 
from private property owners, and as a point of contact with 
residents, businesses, and others. Construction is expected to 
commence in calendar year 2007 and will last for several years. 

The Department coordinates the local effort to construct 
the Bruce N. Freeman Bike Path. The Path will run from the 
Lowell/Chelmsford line, through the center of Chelmsford, 
roughly parallel to Route 27, through South Chelmsford 
Center, into Westford, and terminating at Route 225 at the 
Westford/Carlisle town line. The Massachusetts Highway 
Department, the project sponsor, is expected to bid the project 
and award a contract in 2007, with construction also expected 
to commence in 2007. The project has a two year construction 
schedule. Meantime, groups in Acton and Concord are working 
to extend the trail to the south. Eventually, it is hoped the trail 
will go all the way to Sudbury. 

The Department provides primary staff support to the 
Board of Appeals for the review of affordable housing projects 
proposed under General Law c. 40B. These projects, in which 
the Board of Appeals can waive any local regulations for 
projects which set aside a portion of housing units as affordable 
(usually 20-25%), consume an enormous amount of staff and 
Board time. Community Development Staff reviews the 
projects for completeness, coordinates the review by other 
municipal departments, advises the Board, interfaces with the 
developers and residents, prepares the final decisions for the 
Board, and coordinates all elements leading to building 
permits, sale, and occupancy. Three 40B projects were 
approved in FY06, several projects moved into the construction 
and occupancy stages, and several more projects have begun 
the approval process. 

The Department also staffed the Affordable Housing 
Implementation Committee. The Committee was created to 
implement the recommendations of the Affordable Housing 
Master Plan. The Affordable Housing Master Plan was 
prepared by the Affordable Housing Master Plan Committee 
and was approved by the State early in FY2006. The Afford- 
able Housing Master Plan gives Chelmsford greater control in 
dealing with affordable housing projects proposed under 
Massachusetts G. L. c. 40B. Since the start of Fiscal Year 
2002, 15 Chapter 40B projects have been submitted to the 
Town. Currently, another handful of projects are actively in the 
queue or are being seriously considered. As noted above, 
review of these projects takes a great deal of Community 
Development staff time. When a community reaches the 
State-mandated affordable housing production goals it can get 
a respite from further 40B projects. 

Community Development Department staff includes 
Andrew Sheehan, Community Development Director, Trillium 
Levine, Conservation Agent & GIS Manager, and Janet 
Murphy, Community Development Principal Clerk. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

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Community development 

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The Planning Board is responsible for insuring that the 
development of land in Chelmsford meets the criteria set forth 
in State and local land use regulations. The process involves 
the review of lot divisions, definitive and preliminary subdivi- 
sions, site plans, and special permits. The Planning Board 
strives to maintain the character of Chelmsford and enforce the 
provisions of the 1997 Master Plan. 

In FY06, the Planning Board reviewed a number of 
applications, including significant public projects including 
additions and renovations to Chelmsford High School, the 
McCarthy and Parker Middle Schools, and the construction of 
a water treatment plant for the Chelmsford Water District. 
The Board also considered site plan reviews for numerous 
commercial and industrial projects. 

Members Pamela Armstrong and Robert Joyce were both 
reelected to the Planning Board as Regular Members. 
Alternate Member George Zaharoolis was elected Regular 
Member, and Richard Johnson was elected Alternate Member. 
Long-time member James Good retired after almost two 
decades on the Board. He served as Chairman from April 2005 
to April 2006. Charles Wojtas was elected Chairman for the 
2006-07 term. In August 2005 Janet Murphy became the Plan- 
ning Board Administrator in the Office of Community 

The Board also provided several members to the Afford- 
able Housing Implementation Committee. The Committee is 
charged with implementing the recommendations of the 
Affordable Housing Plan that was approved by the State early 
in FY2006. The Committee's work will continue into FY2007. 
The Board also drafted several zoning amendments that will be 
brought to Town Meeting during FY2007. 


Site Plans 9 

Minor Site Plans 5 

Approval Not Required Plans 1 4 

Definitive Subdivisions (4 lots created) 3 

Paper Street Construction Project 1 

Planning Board Members, Top L-R: Robert Joyce, Robert Morse, George 
Zaharoolis, Alternate Richard Johnson, Pamela Armstrong. Bottom: Vice 
Chair Susan Carter Sullivan, Chairman Charles Wojtas, Clerk Ann McGuigan 

James Good, Chair 2005-06 

Charles Wojtas, 
Chair 2006-07, Vice Chair 2004-05 

Pamela Armstrong, Clerk, 2005-06 

Susan Carter Sullivan 
Vice Chair 2005-06, 2006-07 

Ann McGuigan, Clerk 2006-07 

Robert Morse 

Robert Joyce 

George Zaharoolis 

Richard Johnson, Alternate 


Andrew Sheehan 
Community Development Director 

James Pearson, Town Engineer 

Janet Murphy, Recording Secretary 

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FY 2006 annual Report 

Community development 

<m6ewati(m TDtMMniMkm 

The Conservation Commission continued to make progress 
in the area of land management. The Lime Quarry parking lot 
on Littleton Road was reconstructed and landscaped through a 
contribution from Emanouil Brothers Landscaping and an 
appropriation from the Community Preservation Fund. Work 
also commenced on the parking lot and trail improvements at 
Red Wing Farm on Maple Road, thanks to a Community 
Preservation Fund appropriation and a contribution of labor 
and materials from Commission member Brian Reidy. 

Two Eagle Scout candidates completed projects on 
Conservation Lands in FY2006. Jeremy Williams completed a 
trail project at the George B. B. Wright Reservation. Jeremy's 
project consisted of rebuilding bridges and widening and 
improving an existing trail from the main parking lot on Parker 
Road. This project ties into projects done in recent years by 
other Eagle Scouts and will facilitate the further extension of 
trails in the Reservation. Sam Morse received permission to 
construct a canoe launch on Mill Pond at the Janet Road 
entrance to Thanksgiving Forest. Construction is scheduled for 
the summer of 2006. Sam's project included procuring 
environmental permits for the project, as it was located within 
a wetland resource area. 

Resident Phil Stanway founded a new citizen volunteer 
group called Chelmsford Open Space Stewards. This volunteer 
group has grown steadily since its inception and provides labor, 
ideas, and presence on conservation lands that is invaluable and 
which Town resources cannot provide. With Commission over- 
sight and guidance, the group undertook several trail mainte- 
nance and repair projects and general clean-up on various 
Conservation properties, including Thanksgiving Forest, Lime 
Quarry Reservation, George B.B. Wright Reservation, and 
Crooked Spring Reservation. The group also created and 
maintains a website. The group has provided a significant 
benefit to the Town in a short period of time, and will continue 
its work in cooperation with the Commission for the 
foreseeable future. 

Work on an expanded Conservation website continues, 
which will include maps developed by Mr. Stanway' s group 
and GIS Manager Trillium Levine, history and other 
information on Commission properties. 

As has historically been the case, the majority of the 
Conservation Commission's time was devoted to wetlands 
protection. The Commission reviewed a total of 73 permit 
applications under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act 
and Chelmsford Wetlands Bylaw. Of these applications, 24 
were Notices of Intent, 47 were Requests for Determination of 
Applicability and 1 was an Abbreviated Notice of Resource 
Area Delineation. The Commission also denied issuance of 
one Order of Conditions. The Commission also continues to 
monitor construction projects. 

David McLachlan, Chairman 

Brian Reidy, Vice Chairman 

William R. (Bob) Greenwood 

William Vines 

Caroline Hampton 


Ruth Luna 


Trillium Levine 

Conservation Officer 


Requests for Determination 47 

Notices of Intent 24 

Abbreviated Notices 1 

Denials 1 

Total 73 

Photograph by Lee Fortier 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 1 1 

Community development 

KD<MbmuMitM s^refewati&n/ T§owwriittee 

Photograph of the Hill Jock House by Fred Merriam 

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides a source 
of funding for Open Space Preservation, Historic Preservation 
and Affordable Housing. Funding is created through a 14 % 
surcharge on the property tax, after a $100,000 property tax 
deduction. To date, every dollar collected in Community Pres- 
ervation surcharge has been matched by the State. 

Fiscal Year 2006 has been a productive year for the 
Community Preservation Committee (CPC). Several projects 
have been progressing with the use of CPC funding. The Lime 
Quarry Parking Lot has seen much improvement including a 
landscaped island ringed with granite curbing. 

The Hill Jock House, owned by the Garrison House 
Association, is being restored in part with $50,000 of CPC 
funding. The 350th Anniversary celebration included a public 
tour of the historic house. 

The Committee is also studying improvements at Vamey 
Park, located on Freeman Lake. Varney Park contains a historic 
Works Progress Administration (WPA) era field house, which 
will be restored through the use of Historic Preservation funds. 
Playing fields will be improved through the use of the Open 
Space funds, of which recreational improvements are an 
allowed use under CPA. 

Applications for Community Preservation Act funding for 
Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing, and Open Space 
and Recreation is available in the Community Development 
Department by calling Andrew Sheehan at 978-250-5231 or 

Varney Park Field House- Courtesy of the Community Preservation Committee 

Community Preservation Committee 

Chairman Robert Morse, Planning Board 

Co-Chairman Michael McCall, Board of Selectmen 

David Hedison, Housing Authority Appointee 

Ruth Luna, Conservation Commission 

Rebecca Markey, Citizen Appointee 

Donna Newcomb, Citizen Appointee 

James Pearson, Department of Public Works, 

Linda Prescott, Clerk-Historic Commission 

Andrew Sheehan, Community Development 

The Board of Appeals hears petitions for variances, 
Special Permits, Comprehensive Permits, and appeals of the 
Building Inspector's rulings. The Board in FY06 granted 15 
variances and 7 Special Permits; and denied 2 variances. 

As has been the case over the past several years, much of 
the Board's time and energy was focused on Comprehensive 
Permit applications filed under Chapter 40B. Three 
Comprehensive Permit projects were approved during the fiscal 
year. Monitoring continued on several other Comprehensive 
Permit projects under construction. The Board continues to 
follow the progress of litigation involving two that were 
appealed to the courts and the Board opened hearings on 
several other Comprehensive Permit projects. 

Ronald Pare, who had served on the Board for nearly 
twenty years, left the Board and was replaced by Len Richards 
who had served as an alternate for several years. The rest of the 
Board includes Chairman John Blake, Vice Chairman Eileen 
Duffy, John Coppinger, Len Richards, William Gilet, and 
Alternate members Joel Luna, Jim Begley, and Judy Tavano. 

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Public Education 

Richard H. Moser, Ph.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

The membership of the Chelmsford School Committee in 
April of 2006 included Mrs. Evelyn Thoren, Chair; Mr. Tom 
Mills, Vice Chair; Mrs. Kathy Duffett, Secretary; Mr. Angelo 
Taranto, Member at Large; Mr. Kevin Porter, Member at 
Large; and Mark Omobono, Student Representative. Central 
Administration for the Chelmsford School Department 
included Dr. Richard Moser, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. 
Karen Mazza, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & In- 
struction; Mr. Robert Cruickshank, Business Manager; Mrs. 
Dory Toppan, Director of Personnel; and Mr. Bruce Forster, 
Director of Educational Technology and Information Services. 

The most salient issue for 2005 was again a continued 
focus on the secondary schools facilities project. The Building 
Committee continued their work in facilitating building 
improvements at Parker Middle School, McCarthy Middle 
School and Chelmsford High School. Construction began 
during the last months of the 2005-06 school year, with most of 
the major work being accomplished during the summer 
months. The Building Committee, headed by Mr. Pat Maloney, 
has been very proud of the fact that all projects have been on 
time and under budget. Congratulations on a job well done! 

A related issue has been the relocation of Central Admini- 
stration to the old Police Station on North Road. The existing 
facility was renovated, and an addition was built to add a suite 
of offices and a conference room. The facility is an example of 
how an older building can be remodeled to meet current needs. 
It is expected that the new conference room will be televising 
school committee beginning in November 2006. 














High School 








School Committee: Top L-R: Kevin Porter, Student Representative Mark 
Omobono, Angelo J. Taranto, Superintendent Richard H. Moser, Ph.D. Bottom 
LOR: Katherine Duffett,, Evelyn S. Thoren, Thomas E. Mills. Not pictured is 
Christina H. Walsh 

The numbers indicate that our school system is losing en- 
rollment for the first time since 1980's. The implications for 
declining enrollment are significant. First, a loss of enrollment 
will have an impact on Chapter 70 reimbursements, i.e. fewer 
students translate into fewer dollars. Second, continuing de- 
cline in enrollments may have an impact on consolidation of 
elementary schools from five into four in the years ahead. 

A final issue worthy of attention includes the status of our 
current and future budgets. A parent group, The Initiative for 
Local Aid, was very successful in working with our State legis- 
lators in an effort to increase our Chapter 70 monies. The end 
results was an increase of $563,000 projected FY 07. While 
the increase is much appreciated, substantive more dollars will 
be required to meet our educational needs in the years ahead. 
The School Department budget will continue to be a major 
focus for FY 07 and beyond. 

The Chelmsford School Committee continues to commit to 

the mission our school system "to cultivate the development 

of students into self-confident, lifelong learners and responsible 
citizens who possess personal integrity and the ability to suc- 
ceed in a global society." The Chelmsford School Committee 
welcomes input from our community on school programs and 
looks forward to a positive future for our school district. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 1 3 

Public Education 

fJ/ya6ko6a/ ^Pa/leu; &ee/mu^ kJ&uiA/ (pfc/iool 

Judith L. Klimkiewicz, Ph.D. 
Nashoba Superintendent 

ba Vk 

Nashoba Valley Technical High 
School is a regional technical high 
school established in 1969 to serve 
high school-aged students grades 9- 
12. Our mission is to provide the high- 
est quality academic and technical 
education possible to prepare our 
students for college and career paths 
leading to success in an ever changing technological world. 

'■""J School" 

Nashoba has earned an impressive reputation for 
producing community leaders as well as providing community 
service. With an enrollment of approximately 600 students 
from seven communities, Nashoba Valley Technical High 
School offers career preparation in 16 technical programs 
including-but not limited to - Pre-Engineering, Electronics/ 
Robotics, Dental Assisting, Cosmetology, and TV Media Pro- 
duction/Theatre Arts. 

Special Academic Programs: Honors and college preparatory 
courses are available in all core subjects. Foreign language and 
additional educational courses are offered for all four years for 
all interested students. 

Dual Enrollment: Juniors who are eligible may elect to enter 
the Dual Enrollment Program and take courses the junior and 
senior year at a two or four-year public college or private 
institution located in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Upon 
completion, they receive their high school diploma from 
Nashoba and one or two years of college credit Over twenty 
students in recent years have graduated with an Associates de- 
gree from college and their high school diploma at the same 
time. Also, individual study programs for talented students are 
directed to their area of excellence. Many of our students are 
accepted at such distinguished institutions as MIT, Ithaca Col- 
lege, Emerson College, Boston University and the University 
of Massachusetts, among many others. 

Student Activities: Nashoba sponsors an extensive program in 
intra-scholastic sports including varsity teams in ten high 
school sports with equal opportunities for both male and female 
students. Other extracurricular activities include Student 
Council, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Students Against 
Destructive Decisions, Skills USA, Student Leadership, peer 
mediation, and many special interest clubs. No user fees are 
imposed on any sport, school sponsored club or activity. 

Continuing & Community Education: Approximately 700 
adult students a year attend the Continuing Community 
Education Program in late afternoon and evenings at Nashoba. 

Community Service Projects: Nashoba is unique in its 
approach to community service and its relationship to its 
district communities. Students are expected to go out with their 
instructors to district towns to work on community service 
projects. Rather than building a single home for one individual 
per year, the students perform necessary projects for the district 
towns. The Community Service Program educates students in 
a real world setting, allows the towns the benefit of viewing 
Nashoba students at work and completing a major work project 
without expending limited resources for capital improvement. 


Chelmsford's "Initiative for Local Aid" organized a Chapter 70 Local 
Aid Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House in Spring 2006. 
The grassroots group was organized by citizen activists and included 
the participation of Chelmsford's Town Officials, the Board of 
Selectmen and School Committee. Photographs by Pamela Armstrong. 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Public Safety 

James F. Murphy 
Chief of Police 

I herein respectfully submit for your information and 
review the Annual Report of the Police Department for 
FY2006. At the present time, the Department is made up of 50 
permanent Officers. I would like to acknowledge the following 
achievements and promotions that occurred in the Department: 

I, James F. Murphy, was appointed to the position of 
Police Chief effective March 1, 2006. Starting as a Patrol 
Officer in 1983, and proudly working my way through the 
ranks, I served as Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieuten- 
ant and Deputy Chief before my appointment as Police Chief. 

James M. Spinney, Jr. was promoted to the position of 
Lieutenant with the department. Lt. Spinney started with the 
department in 1994 after a short tenure as Police Officer in 
New Hampshire. 

Scott R. Ubele was promoted to the position of Deputy 
Chief. Deputy Chief Ubele started with the department in 1985 
and has worked his way through the ranks. 

The Police Department established a nationally recognized 
chapter of P.A.L., a Police Athletics & Activities League. The 
goal or P.A.L. is to provide opportunities for youths to 
participate in sports and activities in a safe, well supervised 
environment, while developing confidence, self-esteem and a 
trusting and lasting relationship with Police Officers. 


^//e. the Whe/m-feret ' &oliee Qi)epartmejil. inparfner-iliip 
with ottr commaia'ta are eommitteel to maintaining t/ietx>aee, 
protect/' /ia /de anelpropertu,, a/idpro/i/d/'/ig pro/eMonal law 
enforcement a/id erimepre/ientio/i Setoieei. 

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tea/? <?/ en me 


Qffe accept t/ie challenge of reducing 
pre/'e/if/o/i of en mi net/ actio/ 1//. ' We ihall provide the,ie 6erviee& 
with compaMiem, diej/iitg, and pr<dicie/tea within die/rameawrh 
cft/ie C'clnitee/ 0tatei iB<mStUittu>n. 

3/o-enAa/nee t/ie atuditu of/defer a// eiti^e/iA, we will cooperate 
with other aaeneiei andgroipi to reiolve eomnui/iita ec-neerivi. 

3fentM/f ear miMo/t. the (tihe/mdorc/ &o/ice Q/)epartment 
will provide a -Supportive wo>rh environment thatpjMerA the 
propMenai 'development ofitA memheri. 

(^/enik'e wl/l 6e cup cetnmtltnetd. . . 

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The Police Department received the following Grants in Fiscal 
Year 2006: 

• Byrne Regional Drug Investigation Grant: $7,000 

• State Community Policing Grant: $36,000 

• State Highway Safety Traffic Grant: $ 1 2 ,000 

• Homeland Security Equipment: $9,000 


Kim Sandberg was appointed as a Public Safety Dispatcher on 
March 30, 2006. 

Retirements : 

The police department announces the retirement of the 
following personnel: 

• Inspector James Finnegan retired on July 14, 2005 after 24 
years of service; 

• Deputy Chief Francis X. Roark retired on August 16, 2005 
after 27 years of service; 

• Dispatcher Michael Pearse retired after 3 years of service; 

• Chief Raymond G. McCusker retired on February 28, 2006 
after 32 years of service 

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Town 
Manager, the Board of Selectmen, and all sworn officials, 
departments and committees for the excellent cooperation 
given to the Police Department. I would also like to congratu- 
late both sworn and non-sworn personnel of this Department 
for outstanding performance of duty. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Chief James F. Murphy 


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Public Safety 


James F. Murphy 


Scott Ubele 


Daniel J. Ahern 

John A. Roark 

Edward F. Smith 

James M. Spinney Jr. 


Todd D. Ahern 

PaulE. Cooper 

Philip R. Dube 

Ronald Gamache 

Edward F. Quinn 

E. Michael Rooney 


Bureau of Investigative Services 

Gail F. Beaudoin 

Jeffrey A. Blodgett 

Gary A. Hannagan 

George A. Tyros 

Craig E. Walsh 

Juvenile Officer 
Kenneth R. Duane 

Domestic Violence Officer 
Rebecca A. Tyros 

Crime Prevention Officer 
Jennifer L. Bellissimo 

Lieutenant Colin C. Spence 




Sgt. Francis Kelly 

David R. Tine 

Stephen M. Fredericks 

David M. Leo, K-9 

Paul E. Richardson 


Jeffrey J. Bernier 

Timothy B. Rourke 

Joseph P. Crowley 

Bruce A. Darwin 

Steven J. Doole 

John R. Goffin 

Francis J. Goode, Jr. 

Jason P. Hanscom 

Andrew N. LoPilato 

David F. Mackenzie 

John J. McGeown 

Peter C. McGeown 

Brian F. Mullen 

Robert J. Murphy, Jr. 

Daniel T. Reid, Jr. 

Brian R. Richard 

Anthony Spinazola 

Daniel J. Sullivan 

Sean F. Swift 

Jonathan P. Tays 

Francis P. Teehan 

Gary R. White 

Christopher D. Zaher 


Kathleen A. Bennett 

David J. DeFreitas 

Richard A. Demers 

Timothy A. Goode 

Jason M. Poor 

Kevin R. Proulx 

Kim Sandberg 

Christian W. Seminatore 

William H. Vaughn 


Mary Jane Grant 


Donna A. Fox 

Sandra A. Hall 

Diane M. Morgan 


Franklyn R. Fader 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Public Safety 

Sergeant Francis P. Kelly 
Auxiliary Police 

For the year 2006, the Auxiliary Police Unit assisted the 
regular force at numerous motor vehicle accidents scenes and 
other traffic control incidents. Two particular events, the July 
350 th Celebrations Parade, and the May 2006 flooding incident 
required numerous Auxiliary Officers to assist. Overall the 
Auxiliary Police Unit donated 9,805 hours at various assigned 
duties and events. I would like to thank all members of the 
Auxiliary Unit for their great efforts, commitment and hours of 
service to the Citizens of Chelmsford over the past year. 


House Checks 


School Property Checks 


Town Property Checks 

Total Property Checks 

3.1 10 


Erik E. Merrill 

Animal Control Officer 

Longtime Animal Control Officer Franklin E. Warren 
retired in February after 20 years of service to the Town. 

Erik E. Merrill was appointed as full time Animal Control 
Officer as Frank's replacement. 

The Animal Control Officer responds to a variety of 
animal and wildlife calls throughout the community. Those 
calls involving public safety or public welfare will be 
addressed by the Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control 
Officer reminds a resident that calls such as removal of animals 
from chimneys, under porches, or inside attics must be handled 
by a private pest control service. 

The Animal Control Officer reminds all pet owners that it 
is their responsibility to insure that their pets are properly 
vaccinated and licensed. Also, all dogs must be leashed or 
under your control at all times, and all waste must be picked up 
from all public and private properly. 

I would like to thank the Town Manager, Board of 
Selectmen, Police Department and all other town departments 
for their support and assistance over the last year. 


Permits, Fines, and Fees $31,668.81 

Lowell District Court Revenues $1 3,220 

RMV Disbursements $2 1 6,527 

TOTAL $261,416 

Calls Answered by Cruisers 24,629 

Summons Served 370 

Accidents Reported 1 ,138 

Fatal Accidents 1 

Personal Injury Accidents 1 47 

Citations Issued 4, 1 35 

Parking Violations Issued 1 90 

Restraining Orders Served 85 

Protective Custody 1 9 

Alarm Calls Responded to by Cruisers 1 ,441 

Medical Calls 2,206 

Suspicious Activity Calls 1 ,367 

Disturbance Calls 838 

Domestic Calls 385 

O.U.I 61 

Adult Arrests 470 

Juvenile Arrests 38 

TOTAL 508 

No Finding 3 

To be Dismissed 1 60 

Nolle Prosecution 1 2 

Filed Without Change of Plea 45 

Continued at Hearing/Dismissed 1 1 9 

Dismissed/Victim's Request 1 

Forwarded to Superior Court 1 

Case Closed 1 

Continued 1 

Dismissed 370 

Default 18 

Guilty 403 

No Disposition Needed 250 

Pre-Trial Probation 67 

Request Denied 33 

Responsible/Filed 308 

Not Responsible 9 

Not Guilty 13 

Placed in ASAP 1 

No Complaint to Issue 7 

Continued Without a Finding 3 1 7 

Total Findings 2,1 57 

Calls for Service 734 

dogs Licensed in FY06 3,094 

Animals Picked Up and Taken to Pound 29 

Animals Returned to Owners 21 

Animals Adopted After 1 Days 5 

Animals Taken to Lowell Humane Socety 3 

Road Kills Disposed at Lowell Humane Society.. 1 61 

Animal Bite Reports 1 3 

Citations Issued 28 

Value of Citation Fines $1,150 

Other Funds Collected $580 

FT 2006 Annual Report 

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Public Safety 

£r(#e Ql)d>cwtment 

John E. Parow 
Fire Chief 

Fiscal year 2006 proved to be a very busy year for the 
Chelmsford Fire Department. Total emergency calls for the 
year were 4,199. Medical emergency calls accounted for over 
half the calls at 2,539 and one again increased. Actual fire 
calls increased this year over 2005. The concern of terrorism 
has forced the department to prepare itself as the first line of 
defense against incidents of this type. Specialized equipment 
has been purchased and put into service. In addition, 
anti-terrorism training has been conducted for all department 
members and a terrorism annex has been added to the Town's 
emergency plan. 

The department was honored this year when six of its 
members were recognized by Governor Romney for their 
heroic actions at the annual Fire Fighter of the Year award held 
at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Captain Durkin, Fire Fighters Don 
Peterson, Gary Ryan, Bill Bennett and Mike Young were 
recognized as "Fire Fighter of the Year" for their life saving 
actions and rescue of a trapped victim in a burning vehicle. 
Fire Fighter John Kivlan was awarded an individual award for 
fire "Fighter of the Year" for his rescue of a 96 year old women 
trapped in an apartment fire. Their dedication and commitment 
to the citizens of Chelmsford is quite apparent and transcends 
throughout the department. I thank them for their actions and 
congratulate them on the recognition. 

A new trench rescue trailer was put into service this past 
year and will offer the department greater ability to rescue 
those involved in a trench collapse. Trench collapses in the 
Town are a daily possibility with the ongoing sewer project. 
Department members designed and built most of the equipment 
needed for the trailer, reducing the overall cost of the project. A 
special thanks goes out to each of them. 

Structural problems have been identified with the appara- 
tus floor at the Center Fire Station over the past few years. Last 
year work was completed to stabilize it. Although the floor has 
been stabilized this is only a temporary fix buying us two to 
three years. Options need to be explored to replace or 
completely rebuild the out dated and aging station. Because of 
fiscal problem this project has been put on the back burner but, 
will need to be revisited in the coming year. 

Over the past few years the fire department staffing has 
been reduced by four fire fighters and one secretarial position. 
Although we do understand the fiscal restraints associated with 
the town budget the cut backs make it very difficult for the 
department to meet its mission of protecting life and property. 
It is our hope that when the financial picture brightens, these 
positions will be restored. 

I would like to thank all members of the department, my 
staff, the Town Manager, and the Board of Selectmen for their 
support over the past year. 


Auto Fire 


Building Fire 


Outside Fire 

1 16 

Mutual Aid 






False Alarm 


Medical Aid 




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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Public Safety 

Sfae Q/)dbcwtmerit G/temtumA 




James Sousa 
Michael Curran 


James Boermeester 

Richard Miller 

James Durkin 

Rick Rivard 

Michael Donoghue 


William Amundson 

William Bacon 

William Bennett 

Edward Boisseau 

Christopher Brothers 

Michael Brothers 

Thomas Brothers 

William Campbell 

Jeffrey Cancella 

Jack Carroll 

Michael Chiasson 

Kevin Clarke 

F. MarkConlin 

Fire Chief 


Dept. Asst. 


Daniel Corey 

Bruce Donovan 

Michael Ducharme 

Jesse Foster 

Daniel Funaro 

Robert Gardner 

David Hadley 

Henry Houle 

William Keohane 

John Kivlan 

Danial Koutsoufis 

Cynthia Leczynski 

David Lefebvre 


Fire Preven- 


Arson Invest. 






Fire Preven- 


Unit 2 

Unit 3 

Unit 4 



12 Fire Fight- 12 Fire Fight- 12 Fire Fight- 12 Fire Fight 


Michael Maher 
Daniel Manley 

Leo Manley 

Leslie Merrill 

Jason Moody 

Michael Nelson 

Kevin O'Brien 

Casey Phelan 

Marc Pare 

Donnie Peterson 

John Reid 

Michael Ridlon 

John Robinson 

Gary Ryan 

George Ryan 

Wm. Schellbach 

Timothy Shanahan 

Kevin Sheehy 

Brian Stanton 

Daniel Ubele 

Michael Young 


Martha DeSaulnier 

James Keeley, Sr. 

Annual Call Volume 





Mutual Aid 





Medical Aid 

























1 13 




























1 18 






















1 135 

















1 16 






FY 2006 Annual Report 

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Public Safety 

Anthony Zagzoug, 
Inspector of Buildings 

The Inspections Department was very active in FY 2006 
enforcing state building codes and local zoning regulations. 

I would like to thank my staff for their hard work in 
maintaining timely and professional service. 

Department Personnel include: 

• Anthony F. Zagzoug, Inspector of Buildings 

• Scott D. Hammond, Local Inspector 

• Kenneth W. Kleynen, Plumbing & Gas Inspector 

• Dennis P. Kane, Wiring Inspector 

• Amy Baron, Departmental Assistant 

The attached charts show breakdowns of new construction 
permits this year. 

In addition to the fees above, the total fees collected for 
sign permits, yards sales, and Certificates of Inspection 
amounted to $7,645. 

The Department would like to thank Denise Cote for her 
five years of dedicated service and wish her well in her new 
career. With that, the Department welcomes Amy Baron as the 
new Departmental Assistant. 

I would also like to thank the personnel of other Town 
Departments for their cooperation, support, and assistance 
throughout the year. 


Type of Permit 

No. Issued 

Total Fees 






$75,754.1 1 

Plumbing & Gas 







Single Family Dwellings 47 

Two Family Dwellings O 


(108 UNITS TOTAL) 4 

Institutional O 

Municipal O 

Commercial 1 

Industrial O 

Agricultural O 

TOTAL: 52 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Public Works 

James Pearson, Town Engineer 
Public Works Director 



The Engineering Division provides technical support to the 
Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Town Manager, 
Board of Selectmen, Assessors Department, Town Clerk and 
Sewer Commission. Additionally, the engineers design several 
projects for construction by the Highway Division such as side- 
walk improvements, drainage repairs and upgrades and park 

The engineers provided layout, grades, technical 
assistance, and inspections for the following projects: 

• Traffic signal construction at Golden Cove Rd and 
Billerica Road 

• Stedman Street sidewalks (Clinton Ave to Smith Street) 

• Paving at Scientia Drive and Elizabeth Drive 

• Roadway reconstruction on Dunstable Road/Groton Road 

• Sidewalk repairs on Sanford Road 

• Drainage repairs Hunt Road/High Street areas 

• Construction of the secondary access to Chelmsford High 

The engineers provided site 
inspections on the following projects: 

plan reviews and/or 

Center Water District treatment plant off 

Crooked Spring Road 

Parker School and McCarthy School additions 

Chelmsford High School renovations 

Moore's Lumber on Boston Road 

Church of Christ on North Road 

Applebee's on Drum Hill Road 

Joyce Office Park on Jean Ave 

101 Brick Kiln Road 

282 Mill Road 

Hawthorne Place on Littleton Road 

Technical assistance on various 40B projects 

The engineers also provided subdivision reviews and/or 
inspections on the following projects: 

Talbot Estates 
Park Place 
Lady Slipper Lane 
Holly Drive 
Buttercup Lane 
Woodlot Lane 
Clara Way 
Alexandria Way 
Taylor Lane 
Evan's Way 
Morning Glory Circle 
Daisy Meadows 
Garrison Meadows 

The staff also assists residents with particular requests on 
an as-needed basis (i.e., providing maps, drainage expertise, 
and performing tree inspections). 

The office staff processes all expenditures, payroll and 
oversees the monthly budget for the Engineering, Sewer, Pub- 
lic Buildings and Parks Divisions. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 2 1 

Public Works 

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The Highway Division maintains and improves all the 
streets, culverts, catch basins and manholes, street signs, traffic 
signs and traffic signals for approximately 230 miles of road- 
way. Additionally, the Highway Division clears the streets and 
public lots of snow and ice. 

The Highway Division ground and resurfaced the road 
at the intersection of Golden Cove Road, Turnpike Road and 
Billerica Road. New traffic signals were installed at this loca- 
tion when construction was complete. 

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The Sewer Division continued to expand this year with the 
addition of approximately 143 new sewer connections, bring- 
ing the total of on-line sewer users to 10,076. Major work 
items this year include: 

• SCADA remote monitoring installation; 

• Generator upgrade at Miland Pump Station; 

• Moved the Sewer Operations office from the old Police 
Station to a temporary location on Kidder Road; and 

• Pump rebuilds for six pump stations. 

The following streets were repaved: Adams Avenue; 
Ansie Road; Boston Road to the Library; Jessie Road; North 
Road (from Academy Street to Rte. 129); and Wood Street. 

New drainage was installed on Buckman Drive and 
Larssen Circle. Drainage was improved with a culvert installa- 
tion on Mill Road. Drainage was upgraded on Alpine Lane, 
Elizabeth Drive, Golden Cove Road and Scientia Drive. 

Sidewalks were constructed on Steadman Street (from 
Clinton Avenue to the Rte. 3 bridge) and Golden Cove 
Road (from Carter Drive to the Rte. 495 bridge). 

The office staff maintains all financial records needed for 
the reporting, tracking, and payment of all vouchers connected 
with the highway budgets - including General Expenses, 
Salaries, Snow and Ice, Massachusetts Chapter 90 Funding 
(road construction or repair), Street Lighting and Capital 

The office staff handles all sewer betterments, sewer bill- 
ing, phone inquiries, complaints, correspondence and clerical 
support to the Sewer Commission as needed. 


The Public Buildings Division staff maintains the Town 
Hall and the Old Town Hall. Typical duties include furniture 
and mechanical repair, repair of ceilings, walls, and woodwork. 
General "handy work" around the various buildings may 
include trash removal, cleaning, and painting and snow re- 
moval during the winter months. The Public Building staff is 
also involved in numerous projects and special events through- 
out the year, including Winterfest; Student Government Day; 
Recycling Drop-Off; Friends-of-the-Library Book Sale; and the 
Fourth of July Celebration. 

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Public Works 

The Parks Division maintains all traffic islands and commons 
in town. The grounds are groomed each Spring and prepared 
for the heavy use each area receives during the year. This Di- 
vision also prepares the Town Common for the annual Fourth 
of July celebration as well as the cleanup and restoration of 
damaged areas resulting from an abundance of activities 
throughout the year. Special projects this year included the 
installation of an irrigation system on the Town Common. 

The Parks Division acknowledges the many volunteer groups 
and individuals for their time, donations and help. Also, thanks 
to all that participated in the Adopt-a-Park program. 

Gary Persichetti 

Public Facilities Director 

The purpose of the Facilities Department is to manage all 
buildings and grounds of the Town of Chelmsford in a uniform 
and high quality manner. The department has completed the 
implementation of Micromain XM a Computerized Mainte- 
nance Management System used for the tracking of work order 
request — 1 ,442 work orders were processed in FY06. 

Buildings: The Public Facilities Department provides electri- 
cal, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry and general maintenance to 
all Town and School buildings. There are presently twenty- 
eight buildings consisting of: five elementary schools, the 
Town's Administration Building, two Town Libraries, five fire 
stations, one police station, the Old Town Hall Municipal 

Recreation Building and numerous other support buildings. 
The department is responsible for managing all major building 
related capital improvements. The Capital projects in FY'06 

• Harrington & Westlands Schools -Generator replacement 

• Byam School - Rooftop exhaust fans & housing 

• South Row School - Air handler replacement 

• McCarthy School - Fire alarm installation 

• School Administration- Office renovation & addition 

• The department participates in the MIIA Rewards Program 
by performing and submitting roof, self and building 
freeze up inspections. 

• The town- wide Rooftrac Program was finalized and re- 
pairs were done to six sites to address deficiencies. 

Grounds: The Public Facilities Department is responsible for 
maintaining all Town and School parks and athletic fields. 
Department personnel mow all sports fields and turf areas, trim 
shrubs, collect rubbish at parks and playgrounds, weed, edge, 
and mulch shrub beds. Our staff is responsible for snow re- 
moval and the preparation and clean up for special events. 
Repair and replacement of small engines. 

Parks: Improvements to parks and fields for the year included: 

• Southwell Park - Bleachers repaired, brush removed out- 
side fence, open area brush hogged, walkway rolled and 
rotor tilled, cleanup due to flooding of the park including 
the removal of old mulch and installation of new mulch; 

• Strawberry Hill - Fence and backstop painted; 

• Robert's Field - Removed brush around outside of fields, 
playground and soccer field. 


Gary Persichetti, Director 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 23 

Public Works 


Jennifer Almeida 
Recycling Coordinator 

The Town of Chelmsford financed the following services 
for residents in FY 2006: weekly collection of trash; bi-weekly 
collection of recyclables; four curbside yard waste collections; 
seven months of leaf/yard waste composting at Laughton's 
Nursery; and six special drop-off events for scrap metal, usable 
household goods, electronics, tires and brush. These tasks are 
coordinated by the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste and 
supported by the Town's Recycling Committee. Committee 
members are Bonnie Rankin, Chair; Mark Gallagher, clerk; 
Ron Goodner, Jo Morse, Nancy Kaelin, Marc Grant and Kathy 

In October 2005, Chelmsford adopted a mandatory 
recycling bylaw. The bylaw was necessitated by our steadily 
increasing annual trash tonnages, the fact that our per ton 
tipping fee increases every year, and the Town's flat or 
declining recycling rate. 

Given the tight budgetary situation in Town, it became 
essential to avoid wasting municipal dollars paying to 
incinerate anything that did not have to be in the trash truck. 
In addition, the Town sought to insure compliance with 
existing state waste bans that bar recyclable materials such as 
paper, cardboard, glass and metal food and beverage containers 
from the trash. 

The mandatory recycling bylaw prohibits residents from 
disposing of waste banned recyclables in the trash and prohibits 
the trash collector from picking up any such visible recyclables 
with the trash. 

The Office of Recycling and Solid Waste spent the fall and 
winter publicizing the bylaw, informing residents about what it 
would mean, distributing recycling bins at an unprecedented 
rate, and working with the trash hauler to insure that its 
employees understood how to implement the bylaw. 

Every month since the bylaw went into effect on January 
30, the Town has generated less trash than the same month the 
previous year. In the first five months under the new bylaw, 
the Town reduced its trash tonnage by 643 tons. 

Overall in FY06, our trash tonnage was down by 703 tons 
compared to FY2005, a 4.3% reduction. This was a very 
significant drop given that in past we've typically seen 
increases in our trash tonnage of between one and two percent 
per year. While our trash weights have gone down, our recy- 
cling weights went up. In FY06 we recycled 3586 tons of mate- 
rial at the curb, 470 tons more than in FY05. 

The Office of Recycling/Solid Waste and the Chelmsford 
Recycling Committee also sponsored six recycling drop off 
events to assist residents in getting ride of items that are banned 
from the trash and materials that can be recycled but not at the 
curb. These events were very well attended, and residents 
recycled 45 tons of scrap metal, 1228 TVs and monitors, 251 
air conditioners, hundreds tires, and many tons of 
miscellaneous electronics, usable household goods and 

The Town continued to promote home composting by sell- 
ing compost bins at below cost and providing information and 
education about composting. In FY2006 the Office of Recy- 
cling and Solid Waste sold 83 compost bins (33 more than in 
FY05) and 25 kitchen compost scrap buckets to Chelmsford 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Public Works 


Continued. . . 

Yard waste composting became of primary importance 
upon the closure of Laughton's composting site in April and 
with the decision in the spring of FY06 to discontinue Town 
financed curbside leaf collection for FY2007. 

Home composting provides a way for residents to recycle 
yard waste (which is banned from the trash), and reduces the 
Town's solid waste tonnage by composting kitchen scraps. 

The Recycling Committee and the Office of Recycling and 
Solid Waste also sponsored a booth at the July 4 th Country 
Fair to promote recycling and waste reduction, and at which 
local composting expert Virginio Mendonca provided 
composting demonstrations. The Recycling Committee 
maintained containers for bottle and can recycling throughout 
the common during the July 4 th festivities. 

In FY2006 the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste, with 
the support of Wheelabrator, North Andover, continued to 
offer and expand services to residents to keep mercury out of 
the waste stream. These efforts included the use of the 
Universal Waste Shed for the collection of fluorescent light 
bulbs, the collection of button cell batteries at the Recycling 
Office, the mercury thermometer exchange program, and the 
collection of mercury thermostats at Town Hall. 

The Recycling and Solid Waste Office applied for and 
received several grants from the Department of Environmental 
protection in FY2006. Among these were a grant for the 
purchase of bottle and can recycling containers for use by the 
schools and at Town events when school is not in session. 

The Town also received a grant of technical assistance to 
assist with the implementation of the mandatory recycling 
ordinance; a community education grant for the production 
and distribution of informational post cards; a grant for 
recycling stickers and composting and yard waste brochures; 
and a grant of assistance for equipment to reduce particulate 
emissions in one of the Town's municipal diesel vehicles. 

The Recycling Committee sponsored the Annual Town- 
Wide clean up in May. Over 400 volunteers registered to 
participate, and 25 businesses and local organizations helped 
with the event by donating their time, money, raffle prizes, 
food and supplies. The volunteers cleaned litter from over 35 
sites around town over the period of a month. 

Throughout the year, the Recycling and Solid Waste 
Office provided information to residents on recycling, reuse, 
waste reduction, and composting, and provided assistance to 
residents who have complaints or problems related to recycling 
and trash. 

Information on recycling, reuse and solid waste is 
maintained and updated on the Town's website, through the 
annually updated "Chelmsford Recycles" flyer, in the 
Community Newsletters, on the Chelmsford Telemedia 
Community Bulletin Board, in the local newspapers on the 
Town's website at and on the 
Town's Recycling Information Line at 978-250-5299. 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 25 

Public Works 

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David Boyle, 

The Cemetery Commission is pleased to report the follow- 
ing accomplishments for fiscal year 2006, to the citizens of 
Chelmsford. At Pine Ridge Cemetery, in the Fall of 2005 we 
had a complete upgrade of the water delivery system, it is now 
computerized and efficient, also at Pine Ridge we have planted 
over a dozen new shade trees and over two dozen burning 
bushes, this completes all plantings in Section I. 

At the entrance to the Cemetery office we have planted new 
shrubs and burning bushes. Construction of the new storage 
garage at Pine Ridge Cemetery is progressing, in September 
the students from Nashoba Valley Technical School will be 
back to finish up the project. 

At Forefathers Burying Ground, we have continued monu- 
ment and curb lot restoration. The stone wall along Westford 
Street has been straightened and repaired where needed, also 
many stones were either up righted or repaired and new foun- 
dations installed to ensure these stones will survive the ele- 
ments. All of this restoration was funded through the Commu- 
nity Preservation Act. The three entrances at Fairview Ceme- 
tery in North Chelmsford have been completely re-landscaped, 
also five trees that were a hazard to the public have been re- 
moved and new trees planted. 

Please visit the Town's website at 
and click on the link to the Cemetery department, there you 
will find information concerning the six cemeteries in town, 
also new this year is the ability to search genealogy. 

Chelmsford Historical Commission, Photograph by Fred Merriam 


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Barry B alan, 

Construction and site restoration were completed this year 
for Phase 4E (Livery Road & Chestnut Hill Road Area Lateral 
Sewer Projects) and the first segment of Phase 4F (High Street 
Area Lateral Sewer Project). Construction on the second 
segment of Phase 4F (Hunt Road Area Lateral Sewer Project) 
is on schedule, as pipeline installation and paving continues 
through 2006 with an anticipated completion of final paving 
and site restoration during the spring of 2007. 

The next phase (4G) is made up of two contracts, Burning 
Tree Lane Area and Robin Hill Road Area. Design of the 
Phase 4G Lateral Sewer Project was completed during the sum- 
mer of 2006. The Burning Tree Lane Area Lateral Sewer Pro- 
ject (Contract 06-1) will be bid in the fall/winter of 2006 with 
construction anticipated to commence in the spring of 2007. 
The Robin Hill Road Area Lateral Sewer Project (Contract 06- 
2) will be bid in the summer of 2007 with construction to com- 
mence thereafter. 

The CSC would like to acknowledge Trish Kahl for her 
hard work and professionalism. We would also like to welcome 
Mary Calandrella to the Chelmsford Sewer Commission office. 
Both Trish and Mary interface with the public on a daily basis, 
and their multifaceted duties are shared by the Sewer Division of 
the Department of Public Works. The CSC would like to thank 
Amy Baron, who has been promoted to another department, for 
her many years of service. 

Barry B. Balan, Chairman 

Jeffrey A. Miller 

John F. Souza, Vice Chairman 

Richard J. Day 

George F. Abely, Clerk 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Human Services 

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Diana Ryder 

Human Services Director 

The Elder Services Department provides advocacy and 
support systems which empower older adults to maintain inde- 
pendence and improve their quality of life. 

American society is evolving, changing and realizing that 
aging is a complicated process not simply defined by a number. 
Even the very definition of "senior" is undergoing analysis and 
change with adjectives such as "older adult", "mature" and 
"experienced" being used with greater frequency to describe 
older Americans. Tomorrow's challenges will vary a great deal 
in response to the "Boomers" expectations versus the expecta- 
tions of today's mature adult.. 

Last year our department provided over thirty programs and 
services in response to human need. The following statistics 
give some indication of our efforts and commitment to service. 

First and foremost, special thanks to the Department's 
staff. They must be recognized for their dedication, compas- 
sion, and professionalism to all participants of the Center, the 
public, and toward the many volunteers. 

Additionally, their willing assistance to me as the new Di- 
rector has been outstanding. It is the members of the Council 
on Aging who work constantly with the Director to bring about 
responsive programming and quality services. 

Council on Aging Members include: Chairperson John 
Cody, Vice Chair Diana Boisvert, Clerk Ann Warburton, Joan 
LaToumeau, John Clancy, Robert Grippo, Louise Myers, Paul 
Sweeney, Mary Jane Rainge, Stella Apostolos, and Thomas 

I am most appreciative of the assistance they have given 
me in my short tenure here and look forward to their assistance 
in the future. 

The former Director, Martin Walsh retired this year and his 
last day of work was March 17, 2006. He gave many years of 
dedicated service to the Town of Chelmsford. We all thank him 
for the vision and direction he led us in and wish him the best 
in his retirement. 

Signed, Diana Ryder 

services a STATISTICS 

Adult Supportive Day Program.... 

.2,665 client days 


Congregate Lunch 


Home Delivered Meals 


Off Site Meals Delivered 


Health Benefits Counseling 

1 ,224 SERVICED 

Flu Clinic with Board of Health.. 
Blood Pressure Screenings 



Home visits, shopping assistance. 


Transportation 4,201 trips/262 clients 

Respite Companion Care 84 clients/28.576 hrs 

Tax and Fuel Assistance 


FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 27 

Human Services 

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Holly Hamilton 
recreation director 

The Recreation Commission is composed of seven 
members appointed by the Town Manager. The primary 
reason of the commission is to support and make recommenda- 
tions to continuously improve and expand the recreational 
opportunities offered to the Chelmsford community. 

The Recreation Department offered over 400 self- 
supporting programs throughout the year. Some of the success- 
ful programs organized in the year 2006 include day trips, ski 
programs, dance lessons, art lessons, science programs and 
much more. The Recreation Department will continue to de- 
velop programming in response to the growing and changing 
needs of all populations within the Town of Chelmsford. Rec- 
reation programs are advertised in the Chelmsford Community 
Newsletter and We are thankful 
to all residents whose support, dedication and involvement 
contributed to the success of the 2006 Recreation program. 

VyeteranA ' (pfewiceb 

Regina Jackson 
Veteran's Agent 

The federal Veteran's 
Administration periodi- 
cally takes a 'snapshot' 
of the total amount of 
federally funded veterans 
benefits that flow into a 
community. In late 
2005, the federal VA 
funding to Chelmsford 
was $3,186,000 as dis- 
tributed to 370 veterans 
and 57 widows in 

The number ofl 
veterans eligible for 
benefits is always a small I 
percentage of the total Photograph by Lee Fortier 

number of veterans living in a community. The office helps 
any Chelmsford veteran dealing with the VA. As of June 2006, 
there were 45+ claims in process with the VA. The claims may 
be an initial filing, reopening of a claim for an increase, appeals 
on denied claims, pending hearings with the Regional Office, 
or appeals to the Board of Veterans. Pending claims do not 
include the State Chapter 115 cases. Chapter 115 cases are 
separate from the Federal claims, as they only involve State 
and Town funds. 

The Chelmsford Veterans' Services Office provides short- 
term financial assistance to eligible veterans and their families 
as mandated by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115. 
Assistance for eligible, needy veterans includes a monthly 
allowable grant and some medical coverage. The amount of 
assistance depends on budget standards set by the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Service. The 
State reimburses the town 75% of all authorized benefits paid. 

In fiscal year 2006, an average of $3,466 per month in 
benefits were paid out for an average of 6 active state cases. 
Reimbursement from the State is paid quarterly and is approxi- 
mately 10 months behind the authorizations. The Office also 
processes State Annuities for 100% disabled veterans and cer- 
tain eligible widows. This year, State benefits for veterans in- 
creased when the State passed the "Welcome Home Bill" in 
November of 2005. The legislation provides new and ex- 
panded benefits for Massachusetts veterans. The Global War 
on Terrorism Bonus awards $1,000 to MA veterans that served 
in Afghanistan or Iraq. The bill expanded the Operation Rec- 
ognition High School diploma program to include Korean, 
Vietnam, as well as WWII veterans. 

This office also coordinates the Chelmsford Veterans' Day 
Observance, always held at Veterans' Memorial Park on the 
1 1 of November at 1 1 :00 AM. All are welcome. 

The Veterans' Affairs Office is 
located in the Community Center 
(Old Town Hall) in Chelmsford 
Center and is open Monday 
through Friday with evening hours 
available on request. 

If you are unable to visit the 
office and need a home visit, 
please contact the office and I will 
be happy to schedule a convenient 
time to meet with you. You may 
also call 978-250-5238 or email 
rjackson @ 
with any questions. 

Regina Jackson 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Human Services 

David Hedison, 
Executive Director 

Over the past year, the Chelmsford Housing Authority has 
made progress in meeting the needs of families, seniors and the 
disabled requiring affordable housing. 

Currently, the waiting period for state aided elderly/ 
disabled housing is as follows: Local/Veterans to six months, 
Local Residents six months to one year, non-residents 7 years 
or more. The Section 8 Program continues to assist over 433 
families/elderly/disabled in the area with rental assistance to 
live in a private apartment. Our Family Self Sufficiency 
Program is helping over 30 families improve their education 
and skills with the hopes of moving them towards 

The Authority serves as the Management Agent to the 
Town for monitoring the Affordable Homeownership Units 
located in Chelmsford. We have had over 1 6 re-sales over the 
past year and have sold over 16 new affordable units to 
families and seniors. 

We continue to play a significant role in making sure any 
proposed 40B projects are truly affordable to the residents of 

Members of the staff include David J. Hedison, Executive 
Director, Kristin Roberts, Finance Manager, Linda Dalton, 
Director of Public Housing, Carole Chakarian Federal Housing 
Manager, Richard O'Neil, Maintenance Manager and 12 addi- 
tional support staff. 

Regular meetings are held at McFarlin Manor, 10 Wilson 
Street at 4:00 p.m., on the first Tuesday each month. The 
Annual Meeting is the first Tuesday in May. 

All meetings are open to the public. The Chelmsford 
Housing Authority Board of Commissioners would like to 
thank the residents of Chelmsford and Town Officials for their 
continued support and cooperation. 

For more information about services and programs, please 
call 978-256-7425 or email us at 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 29 

Human Services 

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Becky Legros Herrmann, 
Library Director 

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. 
— Henry Ward Beecher 

And plainly the residents of Chelmsford agree - there were 
174,825 visits to the library this year - on average more than 
3000 folks walked through the doors each week. The library 
staff was kept busy answering almost 20,000 reference ques- 
tions and circulating 558,599 items in FY06. That is a six per- 
cent increase over last year. We are also the busiest library in 
the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, a consortium of 35 
libraries. Chelmsford receives more than 75 bins of materials 
from other libraries per week for an average of 2,390 items. 
That is close to 125,000 items per year that our patrons have 
requested in addition to the books available from our own col- 
lection. If we don't have it, then we can borrow it from another 
library. Yet our staffing levels are lower than where they were 
in 2001, when the library circulated 200,000 fewer items. Our 
library staff continues to work incredibly hard with fewer re- 
sources and increased activity. We also see the growing pains 
in other areas - our book budget has remained stable but each 
year it buys fewer and fewer items. In FY2003 we were able to 
purchase 9,865 items -- in FY2004 - 9,657 and in FY2005 
even less -- 8,800 items. The price of books keeps going up, 
but our collection budget has not kept pace. 

New Technologies: Yet we continue to offer new programs 
and services including downloadable audio books and self- 
checkout. FY06 was the year that the Merrimack Valley Li- 
brary Consortium set in motion our contract with Overdrive 
Media that allows one to download audio books, from beloved 
classics to the latest bestsellers, all from the comfort of your 
home. This is a pilot project with a small collection ( 1 63 titles) 
to start. But through the cooperative effort of consortium librar- 
ies and funds from the Chelmsford Friends of the Library - the 
collection will increase by approximately 30-40 titles per 
month. Downloadable audio books is one more service that 
Chelmsford residents can access with their library cards at the 
library or from one's home computer by visiting the library's 
website, In fact, our website could 
be likened to another branch library! (Our website averages 
over 5000 visitors per month!). From the website one can pe- 
ruse our catalog, read newspapers, print magazine articles from 
one of more than 30 databases, renew or reserve books or re- 
serve museum passes - all free with the magic of one's library 
card. Self-check-out stations were purchased near the end of 
FY06, and will be up and running by October 2006. This new 
technology will reduce lines at check-out and free up staff to 

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help patrons and get books re-shelved and back into circulation 
faster. A self-checkout station in the children's room will 
speed the check-out process for parents with toddlers as they 
check out materials while their children continue to play. In 
addition self-checkout will provide privacy and convenience 
for patrons in a hurry. 

MacKay Library: The MacKay Branch Library continued to 
be busy, with circulation increasing by more than 7000 items 
over FY05. The branch staff worked closely with the main li- 
brary offering a variety of children's programs besides the tra- 
ditional story and craft programs. Reader's theater, a wizard 
class, ice cream making, a Cinderella Puppet show, origami, 
Sparky's Puppets, a spooky story contest and a visit from the 
Audubon Ark program were just a few of the highlights over 
the year. Adult programs included a knitting circle, and two 
book groups — the longstanding Mystery Book Club and Novel 

Looking Ahead: The Chelmsford Library also got word in 
FY06 that we would receive a federal grant for a community- 
wide reading program. This Library Services and Technology 
Act grant of $7500 is titled "On the Same Page" will enable 
Chelmsford to participate in a nationwide phenomenon - a one 
book program. Everyone in Chelmsford will be invited to read 
the same book at the same time. Communities all over the 
country sponsor similar programs and find it a way for people 
of all ages to come together to share thoughts, friendship and a 
lively exchange of ideas. The simple pleasure of talking about a 
book is especially appreciated today when so many of us race 
through life at breakneck speed, never slowing enough to ap- 
preciate a much-needed laugh or the gift of a good story. 
Chelmsford townspeople recently shared wonderful historic 
and community memories as the town's 350 ,h anniversary un- 
folded — we would like the stories to continue. 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Human Services 

Richard Day 
Health Director 

Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program: In 2006 the 
Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program continued its 
efforts to clean up our waterways. The Board of Health, with 
the advent of a central sewer system in Chelmsford is now em- 
barking on enforcement activities to insure compliance with 
local by-laws which will insure a safe water supply. Dye test- 
ing, water sampling and issuance of septic system permits will 
continue in all non-sewered areas until completion of project. 

Administration and Management: Income for various ser- 
vices and permits was collected. During 2006 in addition to 
inspections of restaurants, septic systems, swimming pools and 
beaver complaints the department made inspections of day care 
centers, rental housing units, public schools, recreational 
camps, bathing beaches, tanning & massage facilities, Interna- 
tional Certificates of Vaccination & retail food stores. 

Hazardous Waste & Industrial Wastewater Program: Rich- 
ard J. Day, Director of Public Health, was reappointed Hazard- 
ous Waste Coordinator and Municipal Coordinator to enforce 
the "Right-To-Know law for Chelmsford. The Board of Health 
held two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days this 
year which were held on November 5, 2005 and April 29, 
2006. This program has consistently collected significant vol- 
umes of hazardous waste. 

Title V: The Board or Health is continuing to work on devel- 
oping programs to control the effects of the new Title V regula- 
tion on the residents still on septic systems until the 100% com- 
pletion of the Town's Sewer Project. 

West Nile Virus EEE/Mosquito Surveillance Program: The 

Board of Health office is the collection center for three towns 
in the handling of dead birds for the West Nile Virus Surveil- 
lance Program. A half dozen dead birds were submitted to the 
lab. The state limited the type and number of birds collected 
this year but increased the testing of mosquito pools in the area. 

Hypertension Screening Program: Blood pressures were 
performed for 531residents in FY06. Screenings for residents 
are held the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 12:00 
at the Board of Health, Town Offices. 

Lead Paint Screening Program: The Board of Health offers 
lead paint testing for children between the ages 9 months and 6 
years. Residents may call 978-250-5243 to make an appoint- 
ment with the nurse. Eleven children were screened in FY06. 

Communicable Disease Program: The testing of persons ex- 
posed to tuberculosis and those persons whose employment 
require certification of freedom from Disease is another re- 
sponsibility of the Public Health nurse. Twenty-one Mantoux 
(TB) tests were administered to persons as required for pre- 
employment, college and also to household contacts of active 
cases in compliance with the Massachusetts Department of 
Public Health regulations. Home visits and telephone calls are 
made to families of active and some inactive cases on a peri- 
odic basis to insure understanding of the illness and that ade- 
quate medical follow-up is achieved. Forty-five medical re- 
cords were kept and updated on residents who have a positive 
mantoux (TB) test and are receiving medication prophylacti- 
cally and being followed radiologically at the Lowell Chest 
Clinic and other chest clinics. When necessary, TB testing is 
done at places of business if employees are exposed to an ac- 
tive case of TB. 

Immunization Program: The Board of Health sponsored sev- 
eral flu clinics this year: 1 ,960 flu vaccine doses were adminis- 
tered at clinics and 78 persons were immunized with pneumo- 
nia vaccine. An additional 3,580 doses were dispensed to nurs- 
ing homes and physicians' offices. Eight visits were made to 
handicapped or house-bound residents. A combined total of 
5,540 flu doses were allocated to the Chelmsford Board of 
Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Cholesterol Screening Program: The Board of Health offers 
cholesterol screenings three to four times per year at the Board 
of Health office in the Town Hall. Appointments are needed 
and a $10.00 fee is required. These screenings are advertised 
in the local newspapers, local cable television and the Town of 
Chelmsford web page at . A total of 
72 screenings were done in four climes for 2006. 


Campylobacter Enteritis 


Chicken Pox 



Group A Strep/Strep Pneumo 

Hepatitis A. .. 


Hepatitis B 


Hepatitis C 






Invasive Haemophilus Influenza 










Shiga Toxin . 


Hepatitis E... 


Dengue Fever 


FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 3 1 

boards & Committees 

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Glenn doherty 

The 1996 Spring Town Meeting approved an amendment to 
their General By-Laws be adding Section 13 to Article VII 
entitled Chelmsford Arts and Technology Education Funds 
(ATEF) through the combined efforts of Evelyn Thoren and 
George Ripsom. The purpose of this fund is to provide supple- 
mental funding to support local educational initiatives and pro- 
jects. Thanks to your generosity and support the ATEF has 
received over $70,000 since its inception in November 1996. 
Through investment strategies The committee is currently 
working on investment strategies and researching other finan- 
cial resources in order to create a lasting fund and insure con- 
tinued and consistent awards. 

The ATEF has developed a website that makes all our appli- 
cations and information available at the Town of Chelmsford 
website. Chelmsford is the first town to have a By-Law in 
place that specifies the application process, committee make-up 
and limitations. The Spring 2006 Applications and copies of 
the applications along with the By-Law were distributed in 
January 2006 to each school through hard copy and email. The 
committee received completed applications by March 3 1 , 2006. 

Teachers and School Councils apply for these funds. Pro- 
ject Summary forms are required from current and previous 
awardees prior to consideration for any additional future new 
projects. Awards were announced at the Board of Selectmen's 
Meeting in June 2006. The next applications will be distributed 
in January 2007 and the deadline for the next academic year is 
March 31, 2007. The concept of using tax check-offs for an 
alternative funding source for education was initiated by Ar- 
lington's veteran Town Treasurer, John Bilafer, under a Home 
Rule Petition many years ago. Since this was accepted, numer- 
ous towns in Massachusetts have adopted the statute Chapter 
60. Chelmsford became involved in the process of adopting 
Chapter 60 through the efforts of Anthony Volpe, a past mem- 
ber of the Chelmsford School Committee. 

Chelmsford uses a separate tear-off sheet in the excise and 
real estate tax bills as the method to elicit voluntary contribu- 
tions to enhance the education of Chelmsford Public School 
students. The collected money does not become part of the 
school budget. The Town Treasurer disperses the funds under 
the direction of the ATEF Committee. Information sheets are 
available in the Town Offices. The contributions that you give 
have and will continue to make a difference in the education of 
our children . . . our future taxpayers. 


Glenn Doherty, Chairman 

George Ripsom 

Superintendent of Schools, Richard Moser 

Beverly Barrett, Secretary 

Angelo Taranto 

Evelyn S. Thoren, Financial Liasion 

Patricia Kahl 


Teresa Karangioze — Parker School 
Digital Camera - $350 

Gale Visniewski — Harrington School 
Lending Library - $500 

Norm DeMarias — Parker School 
Jeopardy in the Classroom- $750 

Sheila Kelly — McCarthy School 
Videoconferencing - $750 

Susan Mackinnon — Center School 
Microphone System - $250 

Susan Quesnel — Westlands School 
Publishing Center - $400 

Susan Quesnel — Westlands School 
Teaching reading Comprehension - $350 

Steve Wurtzler, Kristen Graham, 

Kristi Martin, Jane Washburn 

Harrington School 

Pilgrim Quest -$500 

Laurie Adamson, Debra Patuto, 

Sarah Hardy, Audra Vasquez, 

Shannon Engel, Jennifer DeFalco, 

Jennifer Salmon 

South Row School 

Habits for Success Library- $735 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Boards & Committees 


Linda Prescott 

During the past year, the Historical Commission continued 
its Sign Project. This project includes creating historic 
inventories of structures and sites over 75 years old and placing 
a plaque on the structure or site identifying the age and original 
owner. These surveys include a site visit, an architectural 
survey, a footprint map, photos and a deed, tax, vital statistics 
and media search. Finished surveys are placed on file with the 
Town and the State Archives. 

The Commission has requested to place Red Wing Farm on 
the National Register, the request has been approved by MHC 
and is on its way to Washington for the final Trustee approval. 
The Commission continues to work with the Middlesex Canal 
Association and the Community Preservation Committee. 

The Commission continues to be very involved with 
preservation. We continue to work toward the preservation of 
the North Town Hall, stabilization of headstones in the Hart 
Pond and West Chelmsford Cemeteries. The Commission is 
becoming an information resource for contractors and citizens 
as they rehabilitate their homes and businesses. 

For the Town's 350 th Anniversary, the 200+ Commission 
inventories were scanned and made accessible through the 
Town's website at along with a 
copy of the Demolition Delay By-Law, other articles of interest 
and links to other sites of historic interest. 

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Kathleen Howe 

The Historic District Commission functions as a regulatory 
commission for the benefit of the Town. A small area of the 
Town's center section is under the Commission's authority. 

Photograph by Fred Merriam, Courtesy of Chelmsford Historical Commission. 
All Dressed up for the Scavenger Hunt Day at the 1802 School House. 

The objective of the Historic District Commission is to 
provide an expeditious application and review relative to the 
physical modifications to the residences and businesses within 
the District. 

Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each 
month at the Town Offices. 

Members Include: Kathleen Howe, Chairman, Richard 
Burkinshaw, Vice Chairman, Cynthia Acheson, Jack Handley. 
Brenda Lovering, Herbert Pitta, Alternate, Dennis Ready, 
Alternate and Debra Belden, Recording Clerk. 

During fiscal year 2006, the Commission received ten (10) 
applications for review and ten (10) applications were 
accepted. Ten (10) public hearings were waived. Three (3) 
Certificates of Appropriateness and seven (7) Certificates of 
Non- Applicability were issued. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 33 

Boards & Committees 

ele6rcrfi(m& TDammtttee 

Walter Hedlund 

In FY06, the 38th Annual Fourth of July Parade and 
Celebrations were held in conjunction with the Town's 350th 
Anniversary. All events were held on Friday, July 1 st and Sat- 
urday, July 2, 2005. 

Special thanks goes to the 350th Parade Committee for 
planning Saturday's parade. Thank you to the Chelmsford 
Lions Club for sponsoring the Annual Country Fair on the 
Common, and to the Chelmsford Community Band, Art 
Society, Rotary Club and the many other numerous organiza- 
tions, citizens and business persons who volunteered their time 
and efforts for this exciting Fourth of July weekend. 

We are grateful for the efforts and assistance of department 
heads and personnel of the highway, Parks, Police and Fire 
Departments, as well as the support of the Board of Selectmen 
and Town Manager. 

All photographs courtesy of Lee Fortier. The Town celebrates the 350th 
Anniversary Celebration & Fourth of July Parade on July 2, 2005. 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Boards 8c Committees 

^Acwtep \3ftevieup TDowwmttee 

Arnold Lovering 

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) was appointed by 
the Chelmsford Town Manager and Board of Selectmen in 
June 2005 for the purpose of conducting a formal review of the 
document entitled the Chelmsford Home Rule Charter to 
determine whether modifications were needed. 

Finance Committee, Continued. . . . 
There are two Town Meetings each year. The Spring 
meeting begins on the last Monday in April and the Fall meet- 
ing is held at the end of October. Prior to the Spring Town 
Meeting, the Town Manager presents his proposed budget and 
capital improvement program for the upcoming fiscal year to 
the Committee. 

The Home Rule Charter contains the basic provisions set 
up to provide form, structure and organization of government 
including the powers and duties of officials of the Town. The 
Charter is frequently referred to as the "Constitution" of the 

The appointment process used to identify members of the 
CRC was a joint one wherein both the Town Manager and the 
individual members of the Board of Selectmen submitted 
candidate names for appointment. The committee believes this 
has resulted in committee membership representing 
broad-based citizen involvement with a variety of political 
views and diverse pasts and existing community experiences. 

Members of the Committee included: 

Arnold Lovering, Chairman 

Cheryl Boss 

Alexander Buck 

Glenn Doherty 

Hal Matzkin 

John Thibault 

Glenn Thoren 

Donald Van Dyne 

Pat Wojtas 

For a complete listing of the committee's proposed Charter 
changes, please view the 2006 Annual Fall Town Meeting war- 
rant on the Town's website 


Jon Kurland 

The Finance Committee is comprised of seven members 
who are appointed by the Town Moderator to staggered three- 
year terms. The Committee is the arm of Town Meeting whose 
primary mission is to study and make recommendations on the 
town budget and warrant articles to be considered by the Town 
Meeting Representatives. 

Each Committee member acts as a liaison to one or more 
town departments and boards. Committee liaisons meet 
individually with department heads to review department 
budget requests. As individual reviews are completed, full 
Committee meetings are scheduled from December through 
April to hear, analyze and discuss departmental budgets and 
warrant articles. Each department and or independent board is 
given the opportunity to present its budget and respond to 
questions and concerns raised by Committee members. 

Based on its deliberations, the Committee makes a 
recommendation on each line item of the budget and each 
warrant article. The Finance Committee also has one or more 
liaisons assigned to all major capital project committees. 
Project liaisons are responsible for keeping the Committee 
informed about a project's progress and financial status. 

Similar to the budget hearings, the Committee also meets 
with petitioners, proponents and other interested parties, 
whether in support or opposition of proposed warrant articles 
that are to be considered at the Spring or Fall Town Meetings. 
After consideration of each warrant article, the Committee 
votes on its recommendation. Should an article have no finan- 
cial implications to the Town, the Committee may vote to make 
"no recommendation" on the article. 

The recommendations of the Committee are published in 
the Spring and Fall Report Books, which are available to 
residents and Town Meeting Representatives. Additionally, the 
Report contains financial data specific to the Town and other 
useful information. 

In accordance with the Town Charter, "The duty of Town 
Meeting Representatives is to keep abreast of town business 
and review materials forwarded to them by the Board of 
Selectmen and Town Manager. It is expected that town 
meeting members will attend meetings of multiple member 
bodies, attend hearings held by the Finance Committee and 
actively prepare for each session of the town meeting." The 
Finance Committee both welcomes and encourages attendance 
and participation of town meeting members and residents at 
any meetings. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 35 

Town Government 

fleeted Gffieiak 

Town Clerk's Listing 

as of 

April 1 , 2006 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Michael F. McCall, 


151 Main Street 


Thomas A. Newcomb 
9 Clarissa Rd 


Samuel p. Chase, 

Vice Chairman 




1 2 Dartmouth Street 


Phiup M. Euopoulos 
1 6 1 Proctor Rd 

Board of Selectmen 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Earnest Wu 


255 North Rd #28 

Peter Dulchinos 
1 7 Spaulding Rd 


Ann Marie Roark 
9 Natalie Rd 

Board of Health from L-R: Chairman Ernest Woo; 
Peter Dulchinos and Ann Marie Roarke. 

Board of Selectmen (April 2006 election) L-R: 
Vice Chairman Samuel P. Chase; Philip M. 
Eliopoulos; Chairman Michael F. McCall; 
Thomas A. Newcomb & Clerk William F. Dalton. 


(3 yr Term - elected) 


Gerald L. Hardy, Chair 
1 1 Meehan Dr 

Peter S. Pedulla 

31 Brentwood Rd 


Jean R. McCaffery 
255 North Rd#215 


(3 yr Term - elected) 

William E. Spence 
9 1 Billerica Road 


(5 yr Term - elected) 


Gail F. Hunter, Chair 
8 Buckman Dr 

Mary E. St. Hilaire, 

2 1 2 Dalton Rd 


Denise Marcaurelle, 

Vice Chair 

7 Whippletree Rd 

201 1 

Georgiana C. Mueller 

1 14 Riverneck Rd 

Andrea L. White 

Governor's Appointment 
28 Warren Ave 


(3 yr Term - elected) 

Patricia Wojtas, 

24 Elm St 


Linda K. Hubbard, 

Vice Chairperson 

7 Ranch Rd 

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Town Government 

fleeted (Qfficiak 

USA E. Daigle 

2 1 Amble Rd 


Margaret E. Marshall 

2 Draycoach Drive 

Elizabeth A. McCarthy 

48 Bartlett Street 


Eric G. Groves 

2 Wedgewood Dr 


Carol L. Sneden, 


4 Laredo Dr 



dennis e. mchugh 
63 Dalton Rd 


(3 yr Term - elected) 
(Alternate 2 yr term) 


Charles Wojtas, 


24 Elm Street 


Susan C. Sullivan 

Vice Chairperson 

1 6 Country Club Dr. 


Robert C. Morse 

45 Clarissa Rd 


Ann B. McGuigan, Clerk 

5 Anns Way 

Pamela L. Armstrong 

1 5 Amble Rd 


S. George Zaharoous, 

1 91 Princeton St 


Robert p. Joyce 

1 03 Turnpike Rd 

Richard M. Johnson 

(Alternate— Appointed) 

237 Old Westford Rd 


(3 yr Term - elected) 

School Committee 
(Fall 2005) 

On Left: Planning Board 
(April 2006) 

Kevin E. Porter 

48 Abbott Lane 

Evelyn S. Thoren 

1 8 Pinewood Road 

Katherine H. Duffett, 

Vice Chairperson 
47 Thomas Dr 


Angelo J. Taranto 

8 Charlemont Ct 

Christina H. Walsh, 

1 7 Old Farm Way 


(3 yr Term - elected) 

Barry B. Balan 

7 Skyview Dr 

Jeffrey A. Miller 


John F. Souza, 

Vice Chairman 
1 23 Stedman Street 

Richard J. Day 

6 Merilda Avenue 


George F. Abely 

87 Swain Road 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 37 

Town Government 




The Legislative Body of the 

Town of Chelmsford is a 

Representative Town Meeting 

consisting of elected representatives 

from nine precincts who are 

elected for a three-year term, 

A more detailed listing of all Town 

Meeting Representatives, including 

term expirations and contact 

information can be found on the 

Town's Official Website at 

or by contacting the 

Town Clerk's Office at 


The list is current as of the 
April 2006 Election. 


Barry B. Balan 

Kathryn Brough 

Peggy Dunn 

Nancy H. Robinson 

Kathleen A. Tubridy 

Anthony V. Volpe 

Marian D. Currier 

Cynthia J. Kaplan 

Karen I. Kowalski 

Elizabeth A. McCarthy 

Ann B. McGuigan 

William E. Spence 

Samuel P. Chase 

Ralph B. Hickey 

Robert P. Joyce 

Stephanie J. Levell 

Frances T. McDougall 

Laura C. McGuigan 



Phyllis H. Clark 

Francis M. Conlin 

Terence M. O'Neil 

Bruce M Schnepper 

John r. Scott 

M.Janice Spence 

Thomas M Crowe 

Kevin A. Goddu 

Bruce J. Harper, Sr. 

George L. Merrill 

Thomas F. Shea 

Mary Jo Welch 

Linda H. Dalton 

William F. Dalton 

Scott E. Johnson 

Janet E. Murphy 

Stanley W. Norkunas 

Vacancy ( 1 ) 
Jeffrey W. Stallard 


Steve Flynn 

David W. Hadley 

Nancy J. Knight 

Robert M. Leavitt 

Carol W. Merriam 

Jodie L. Murphy 

Michael F. Curran 

George R. Dixon, Jr 

D. Lorraine Lambert 

Patricia F. Magnell 

Michael F. McCall 

Thomas E. Moran 

Alan N. Cote 

James F. Dolan, II 

Christopher T. Garrahan 

Jeffrey A Miller 

James P. Spiller 

Judith A. Straeffer 


James H. Comeau 

.Andrew J. Garber 

Cathleen H. Latina 

Raymonde R. Legrand 

Helen A. Manahan 

Daniel J. Sullivan, III 

John G. Coppinger 

Marlene Cote 

Henry A. Houle 

Joel M Karp 

Brian P. latina 

Sandra M. Rega 

Linda A. Jones 

Billy L. Martin 

Jennifer E Patenaude 

Sheila E. Pichette 

George A. Ripsom, Sr. 

Dennis P. Sheehan 


Joseph P Sullivan Jr 

Beverly A. Barrett 

Philip M. Eliopoulos 

Carol A. Kelly-Suleski 

Susan Carter Sullivan 

Charles Wojtas 

MaryC. Amirault 

Jon H. Kurland 

Cheryl M. Perkins 

Evelyn S. Thoren 

Glenn R. Thoren 

Stacey Wojtas 

Eric C. Andrus 

Edward J. Suleski, Jr. 

Judith A. Tavano 

W. Allen Thomas, Jr. 

Kathryn A. Torres 

Patricia Wojtas 

Dean Carmeris 

(Resigned 8/24/06) 

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Town Government 




Janet G. Dubner 

Nancy W. Kaelin 

Susan Kupor McHugh 

Pamela H. McKenna 

Edmond N. Roux 

Donald F. VanDyne 

Norman J. Aubert, Jr 

Alexander E. Buck 

Mary E. Frantz 

Howard J. Hall 

John P. Kivlan 

Ralph M. Nebalski 

Deirdre M. Connolly 

Brian S. Doherty 

Glenn L. Doherty 

Judith A. Olsson 

Marianne J. Paresky 

Colleen A. Stansfield 


Leonard W. doolan, ill 

Linda J. Fall 

R. Kenley Freeman 

John S. Goffin 

Kevin E. Porter 

Bernard A. Ready 

Pamela L. Armstrong 

Stratos G. Dukakis 

Peter Dulchinos 

Paul F. Gleason 

Clare I Ieannotte 

Joyce E. Johnson 
Katherine H. Duffet 

Thomas R. Fall 

Dwight M. Hayward 

Gail F. McCall 

Thomas E. Mills 

Maura L Shield 



Richard J. Day 

Karen m. DeDonato 

RachaelA. Haded 

Ralph J. Hulslander, Jr. 

Christina H. Walsh 

S. George Zaharoolis 

Walter A. Cleven 

Jennifer C. Connor 

William C. Curry 

Dennis J. Ready 

Angelo J. Taranto 

GailT. Zaharoolis 

William D Askenburg, Jr 

Carol C. Cleven 

Alexander W. Gervais 

Jodi L. O'Neill 

Samuel Poulten 

Mary E. Tiano 


Francis J. Barre 

Ednah C. Copenhaver 

Donald Philip S. Elias 

Barry K. Hamill 

Robert P. Mackey 

James W. Young 

Teresa A. Conrad 

Susan B. Graves 

John G. Harrington 

James L. Hickey 

Will L. Perry 

Leonard E. Westgate 

Doris M. Briggs 

Arthur R. Carmen 

Danielle B. Evans 

Mary A. Gregoire 

Gary A. Mathews 

John M. Shaw, Jr. 

Photographs by Lee Fortier 

Photographs by Lee Fortier 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 39 

boards & Committees 

(wmnittee Q/)e6cwM/m6 

Arts and Technology Education Fund (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Terms Begin: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The committee works to provide supplemental funding to support 
educational initiatives and projects that enhance the curriculum 
of the Chelmsford Public Schools. 

Board of Health (E) 

members: 3 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board works to protect the public health of the residents. It 
also has administrative, planning, and policy responsibility for 
health functions of the Board of Health Office. 

Board of Registrars (A) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: Varies by elections per year 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is in charge of administering the town census, voters ' 
registration, and elections. 

Board of Selectmen (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is the Town 's body of chief elected officials. The 
powers and duties include appointing the Town Manager and 
many committees, issuing certain licenses, enforcing special 
sections of the by-laws, and regulating the public ways. 


(A) Appointed — Complete an application 
form at or from 
the Town Manager's Office, Town Offices, 
50 BlLLERlCA Road 978-250-520 1 8:30 AM TO 
5:00 PM Monday- Friday 

(E) Elected — Obtain election information at or in the town 
Clerk's Office, Town Offices, 50 Billerica 

ROAD 978-250-5205 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM MON- 

Capital Planning Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: July 

Length of Term: 1 Year 

The Committee studies proposed capital outlay, declares rides 
and regulations, makes investigations, and holds public hear- 
ings as it deems appropriate. 

Cemetery Commission (E) 
Members: 3 

Average Meetings: 6 per year 
Term Begins: April 
Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission plans, operates, and maintains the six Town 
cemeteries as attractive, dignified, and appropriate public bur- 
ial grounds. 

Commission on Disabilities (A) 

Members: 1 O 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission works to deal with all disability issues and 
provide information, referral, guidance, coordination, and 
technical assistance to other public agencies and private per- 
sons, organizations, and institutions engaged in activities and 
programs intended to eliminate prejudice and discrimination 
against persons with disabilities. 

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FY 2006 Annual Report 

Boards & Committees 


Conservation Commission (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 2 per Month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

Historic District Commission (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The commission is responsible for ensuring protection of wet- 
lands and acquiring, managing, and maintaining over 750 
acres of conservation and Town Forest Land. 

Cultural Council (A) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Council provides public funding for the arts, humanities, 
and interpretive sciences by granting funds to individuals and 
organizations in the community. Its duties also include solicit- 
ing community input and assessing local cultural needs. 

Finance Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per week (Sep to May) 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee meets with each Town Department head, con- 
siders the merits of the individual budget in terms of the 
Town 's total needs and the limits of the total monies available, 
and prepares the final budget recommendations for the Annual 
Town Meeting. 

The Commission works to preserve and protect the buildings 
and places within the Chelmsford Center Historic District. 

Housing Authority (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: TBD 

Length of Term: 5 Years 

The Housing Authority works to provide an adequate supply of 
low and moderate income housing for Town Residents. 

Middlesex Canal Commission (A) 

Members: 1 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: June 
Length of Term: 2 Years 

The Commission works to maintain the Middlesex Canal Heri- 
tage Park and to inform, inspire, and draw the public to this 
nationally significant landmark. 

Personnel Board (A) 
Members: 5 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: June 
Length of Term: 2 Years 

Historical Commission (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission works to promote the preservation, promo- 
tion, and development of the historical assets of the Town. It 
conducts research to identify places of historical value and 
actively urges other alternatives before destroying a histori- 
cally important building or site. 

The Personnel Board works in conjunction with the Town 
Manager in developing Personnel Rules and Regulations and 
the classification and compensation system of the town. 

Planning Board (E) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Board is the regulatory agency most responsible for ensur- 
ing that development occurs in a manner that is beneficial to 
the Town. It enforces several acts and reviews all subdivisions, 
site plans, and the creation of lots on existing ways. 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 41 

Boards & Committees 

^wmmittee Ql)etoMfiti(m6 

recycling committee (a) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: July 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

Telecommunications Advisory Committee (A) 

Members: 4 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: June 
Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee works to reduce solid waste disposal costs by 
decreasing the quantity of solid waste disposed and increasing 
the quantity of recyclables collected. The committee also works 
to increase the number of recycling participants. 

Tlie Committee monitors the terms and conditions of the cur- 
rent cable contract. The members also work to assist in the 
licensing of additional cable service providers to enhance the 
service options available to the residents. 

School Committee (E) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee has general charge of the public schools of tlje Town. The 
powers include appointing a superintendent and all other officers and employ- 
ees of the school, and making rules and regulations. 

Town Celebration Committee/ 

4th of July Committee (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 1 per month 

Term Begins: July 

Length of Term: 1 Year 

The Committee plans and carries out the annual three-day 
Fourth of July celebration in Chelmsford. 

Sewer Commission (E) 
Members: 5 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: April 
Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission 's objective is to supervise, manage, and con- 
trol the construction of sewer lines in town. It also works to 
complete the sewering program that the residents of Chelms- 
ford voted for in 1 995. 

Sign Advisory Committee (A) 

Members: 7 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: June 
Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee reviews and comments on sign permits and 
applications for other special permits. 

Town Meeting Representatives (E) 

Members: 162 

Average Meetings: 2 per Year (Spring & Fall) 

Town meetings involve Multiple Sessions & 

Special town meetings, as needed 

Terms Begin: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The legislative body of the Town is a Representative Town 
Meeting consisting of 162 elected representatives from nine 
voting precincts. Members participate in the Spring and Fall 
Annual Town Meeting and all Special Town Meetings. Mem- 
bers also keep abreast of Town business year-round and attend 
informational sessions as needed in preparation for all Town 
Meeting sessions and votes for all warrant articles. 

Veterans Emergency Fund Committee (A) 

Members: 9 

Average Meetings: As needed. 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Committee works to provide WWII veterans with financial 
need in the form of material grants for food, housing, limited 
medical care and utilities. 

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Boards & Committees 

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Water (Chelmsford Center) Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of the Center Dis- 
trict and regulates the bylaws as it deems necessary. 

Water (North) Commission (E) 

Members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 

Term Begins: April 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of North Chelms- 
ford and regulates the bylaws as it deems necessary 

Water (East) Commission (E) 

members: 3 

Average Meetings: TBD 
Term Begins: April 
Length of Term: 3 Years 

The Commission oversees the water takers of East Chelmsford 
and regulates the bylaws as it deems necessary. 

Zoning Board of Appeals (A) 

Members: 5 

Average Meetings: 2 per month 

Term Begins: June 

Length of Term: 3 Years 

The board hears petitions and applications for variances, spe- 
cial permits, comprehensive permits, and several other ap- 
peals. The Board also decides, upon appeal, the application of 
the zoning, subdivision, sign, and building bylaws. 

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Office on Behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the citizens of Chelmsford. 

Comments, suggestions & photo submissions may be forwarded to: 

Town Manager's Office 

50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 1 824 

Tele: 978-250-5201 Fax:978-250-5252 Web: 

FY 2006 Annual Report 

Page 43 

Cover & Photographs 


All dressed up for 

Scavenger Hunt Day at the 

1 802 School House 

Compliments of the 
350th Anniversary Committee 

Photograph by Fred Merriam 2005 


Town Seal 






Forefather's Cemetery 

Compliments of the 
Chelmsford Historical Commission 

Photograph by Fred Merriam 2005 

Historic Barn & Home at 
200 Acton Road 

Compliments of the 
Chelmsford Historical Commission 

Photograph by Fred Merriam 2004 

Center School on Billerica Road 
Chelmsford Public Schools 

Compliments of the 
Chelmsford Historical Commission. 

Photograph by Fred Merriam 2005 

Town Monument in 
Chelmsford Center 

Photograph by 
Lee Fortier 

Compliments of 


Historic Town Clock 
at the Church Steeple 
In Chelmsford Center 

Courtesy of the 350th 
Anniversary Committee 

Photograph by 
Fred Merriam 

Chelmsford High School 
Marching Band 

350th Anniversary 

Celebration Weekend & 

Independence Day Parade 

Photograph by Don Miffitt 

Historic Mill Buildings 
And the Falls 

Compliments of the 
Chelmsford Historical Commission 

Photograph by Fred Merriam 2005 

Chelmsford Fire Department's 
Center Station on North Road 

Photograph by Resident 
Barbara J. Ortler 2005 

Chelmsford Town Offices 

Office of the Town Manager & Board of Selectmen 

50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA 1 824 


Phone: 978-250-5201 Fax: 978-250-5252 


Recreation Building 

At the 

"Old Town Hall" 

on North Road 

Photograph by 
Lee Fortier 

Chelmsford Police 

Police Station 
2 Olde North Road 

Town Report Contributors & Credits 

Special thanks is extended to Staff Donna McIntosh, 

Intern Michael Luciano, Judy Buswick, the 350th 

Anniversary Committee, Then & Now Quilters and 

the Chelmsford Historical Commission. 

The Town is grateful for the opportunity to publish 
amateur and professional photographs submitted by 
Fred Merriam, Lee Fortier, Don Miffitt, 
Barbara Ortler & Pamela Armstrong 

Community photographs will be considered for 
future Town publications. For more information, 
call 978-250-5201 or email the town manager's 
Office at 

Layout & Design by Kellie Hebert 
Printing byQPL&The Image Group, Chelmsford, MA 

Public Library 

Adams Main Library 
At 25 Boston Road 

Page 44 

FY 2006 Annual Report 


Town Directory 

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Town Departments & Services 

Accounting 250-5215 

Animal Control 256-0754 

ASSESSORS 250-5220 

Appeals, Board of 250-5231 

AUDITOR 250-5215 

Building Inspector 250-5225 

Cemeteries 250-5245 

Clerk, Town 250-5205 

Community Development 250-5231 

Conservation Commission 250-5247 

Council on Aging / Senior Center 251 -0533 

Emergencies (Police, Fire, EMS) 9-1-1 

Engineers, Public Works 250-5228 

Fire Department 250-5267 

Fire Prevention 251-4288 

Gas Inspector 250-5225 

Health Department 250-5241 

Highway Division, Public Works 250-5270 

Housing Authority, Chelmsford 256-7425 

Libraries: Adams (Main) 256-5521 

McKay 251-3212 

Municipal Facilities 244-3379 

Permits, Building 250-5225 

Personnel 250-5288 

Planning Board 250-5231 

Plumbing Inspector 250-5225 

Police Department 256-2521 

Public Buildings 244-3379 

Public Works 250-5228 

Purchasing 250-5289 

Recreation 250-5262 

Recycling & Solid Waste 250-5203 

Schools, Chelmsford Public 251-5100 

Selectmen, Board of 250-5201 

Senior Center 251-0533 

Sewer Commission 250-5233 

Sewer Operations 250-5297 

Tax Collector/Treasurer 250-5210 

Town Clerk & Registrars 250-5205 

Town Engineer 250-5228 

Town Manager 250-5201 

Treasurer/Tax Collector 250-5210 

Veterans' Agent 250-5238 

Voter Registration 250-5205 

Solid Waste/Recycling 250-5203 

Utilities & Other Useful Numbers 

Cable Access/Telemedia 


Cable Television/ComCast 

1 -888-663-4266 

Chelmsford Wai er Districts: 
Center District 

East District 


North District ~ 


Citizen Information (State) 

Chelmsford Country Club 

1 -800-392-6090 

Chelmsford Forum Rink 


Fuel Assistance (CTI) 






KeySpan (Gas) 

National Grid (Electric) 

Trinity EMS, Inc 

Post Office (Center) 

Post Office (North) 


Registry of Motor Vehicles 

1 -800-858-3926 

Russell Disposal 

Verizon (Telephone, Internet) 

Federal & State Officials 

U.S. Sen. John Kerry 


U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy 

U.S. Congress Martin Meehan 


State Senator Susan Fargo 


State Representatives: 

Rep Cory Atkins 


(Precincts 1, 9) 
Rep Thomas A. Golden Jr 


(Precincts 2, 6, 8) 
Rep. Geoffrey D. Hall 

(Precincts 3, 5, 7) 
Rep. David Nangle ". , 

(Precinct 4) 



Town of Chelmsford Official Website: 

Massachusetts State Government: 

United States Government: 

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